hen puffing out feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wxdude99, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 8 month old buff orpingtons puffs her feathers whenever i come around. She's also losing some feathers on her belly. Otherwise she's fine. Still laying almost every day. Any idea what's going on?
     
  2. chickenaddictntn

    chickenaddictntn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe broody [​IMG] just a thought. Have had hens to pluck feather from the breast I think to keep the eggs warm.
     
  3. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Is she sitting on a nest and not leaving it?
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I am not sure about the puffing out her feathers when you come around but if she is losing some feathers on her belly she might be going broody and that might explain both behaviours, have you noticed another symptoms?
     
  5. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. I guess she could be broody. She's kind of a strange chicken. She had a cold when she was 3 months old and she's undersized. She lays eggs regularly but they're kind of off white instead of brown and they have white specks on them. I think she puffs out her feathers to make herself look bigger for some reason. Maybe it's because she's the smallest. Oh, actually i don't think she's broody. She doesn't stay in the nest box.
     
  6. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Maybe she's cold and moulting. What are your temps there?
     
  7. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like she may be thinking about going broody...mine act the same way for about a week, week and a half before they commit to a nest.
     
  8. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Is she making a lot of chatter? Mine get really vocal before going broody.
     
  9. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes definitely chatty. What does it mean when they go broody? Will she sit in the nest all day?
     
  10. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Yes she will eventually sit 24/7, and if you don't want chicks make sure she's not sitting on any eggs. Check for eggs under her daily. [​IMG]
    She will stop laying but if you have any other hens in there, they might lay where your broody is.
     

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