- Jun 10, 2016
Okay so I have a long one for yall. My hen started brooding a few weeks ago. She is about 3/4 years old. Her eggs were not fertilized. She wouldn't stop brooding! She was laying literally all day in this heat, wouldn't eat or drink, and wouldn't not get off her nest. A friend has had his problem many times and told me to try holding her bottom half in an ice cold bucket of water. It apparently " resets" their system along with bringing their body temp back down. It worked. She stopped brooding! However, she also stopped laying all together. My friends hens always start laying a few days to a week after the ice water. Mine has stopped and she is also shedding all her feathers! Not just one one spot on her body. Her WHOLE body. The bottom of my coop is covered in her feathers. Is she okay? How do I get her laying again? Is she shedding because something is wrong or is she just molting? Did I do something to make her molt? I just want to make sure she's alright. My chickens are my pets! Thanks!