Hen placing feathers on her back???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NDChickRancher, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. NDChickRancher

    NDChickRancher Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2012
    I happened to witness on of my hens walking around the coop, picking up feathers, and placing them on her back.

    She is missing a few feathers from that spot thanks to the ever attentive rooster but the patch is far from bald.

    Has anyone else seen their hens do this type of behavior?
  2. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2012
    How funny..she is working on making herself a feather sweater.
  3. mammat

    mammat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    columbus ohio
    By broody silkie "easter" used to do this. I think she was trying to make herself pretty for the boys. She always did this right before she went broody :)
  4. BunkyB

    BunkyB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like you have a hen who is getting broody. I find it a nesting behavior when they do that. Check the birds in the morning and watch if you can, you will notice some birds do that instinctively when they lay an egg. Cute to watch. The rooster did his thing and gave her a bare back. Never know, it may be a broody one.. Steve

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