Molting while broody in the spring?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mama24, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that normal?
     
  2. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No one knows? Just wondering if I should be worried about her. She looks terrible!
     
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    That would be incredibly hard on her system to be broody and so not eating much plus be molting. I'd make sure she had food in front of her on the nest or something. I spoil my one broody that way anyhow. She will just sit so long and won't stay off the nest long enough to eat what she needs, so I put a little cup of food and a cup of water she can reach from where she's sitting.

    Oh and no, I never heard of one be molting and broody but I suppose it must happen.
     
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  4. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Broody and moulting?

    Check her over for lice/mites, just on the off-chance that is the reason for her feather loss. If she has an infestation, that would account for her feather loss plus lethargy (which could be mistaken for broodiness). Hopefully that isn't the case though and if it is, it is easily treatable.

    To give her a boost, mash up some boiled eggs (if she's moulting, the energy boost of the eggs will do her the world of good; if she's broody it will also boost her system).
     
  5. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies! I'm sorry I missed them last week. I finally took her eggs away on Mon. Only 2 were developed and it looks like they stopped weeks ago. As soon as I took her eggs away, she was back out and about like normal. No mites or lice. She looks hideous, though!
     
  6. Coffeemama7

    Coffeemama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We also have a group of hens that are practically naked in spots! No lice, no worms, but no eggs either!

    They have plenty of protein, seeds, and scraps of fresh veggies, LOTS of space, no real fighting either.
    Yes, we have a couple roos. Quite a mystery!

    Any ideas?
     
  7. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Back above tail, back of neck, front of wings, over mating. Mostly tail, butt, feather picker. All over, molt. So where are yours losing feathers?
     
  8. Coffeemama7

    Coffeemama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like ours are molting then! with few to no eggs, that makes sense!
    we had really hot days for weeks, then really cold! I think they think it is fall!

    thanks!
     

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