Hen plucking her own feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rajzwaibel, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. rajzwaibel

    rajzwaibel Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple of days ago I noticed several down feathers laying around the coop. At first I thought it was the newer chicks establishing themselves and standing up to the main hen. We have one BR hen who is 1.5 years old--the only one out of the group to survive a neighbor's dog attack last April. We got a dozen new chicks in June, so now they are about the same size as the BR. About a week ago they started sleeping all together in the main coop. So I thought it was one of the newer chicks pecking at her.


    Well, this morning I saw her plucking her own feathers out. And I've noticed that she hasn't laid an egg in 3 days. Are the two issues related? What would cause her to start pulling out her own feathers?
     
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  2. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    is she going broody?
     
  3. rajzwaibel

    rajzwaibel Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope. Not broody. Could this be related to her molting? I read somewhere that they lay eggs for a 50-60 week cycle and then stop for a while. Well, she started laying eggs last August.

    But I'm not an expert enough to know if this might be the case.
     
  4. rajzwaibel

    rajzwaibel Out Of The Brooder

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    Any other ideas?
     

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