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Naughty chickens...help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by allee79, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. allee79

    allee79 New Egg

    Jun 7, 2016
    Hi, we are New to this. We have three chickens, not sure what breed. We have two that are broody and do not leave the box and just sit on fake eggs. The other seems to be loosing feathers and spends all day from very early making loud noises...Sorry neighbours...they have food water and other stuff to eat. Before this they were all laying lovely but now seem miserable. What are we doing wrong
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] If you're not going to let the broody hen hatch eggs it would be kinder to break her broodiness. Due to the inactivity and little food intake a broody hen loses a lot of weight during a broody spell. The most effective breaking method I know off is putting the hen in a wire bottomed cage with nothing but food and water, no nesting materials. After a few days in there she should be over it.

    The one losing feathers, unless she is molting, could have a lice/mite infestation. Have you dusted them for mites at any point? Here are some articles with more information:

    Information on Molting Chickens


    Best of luck!
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sumi has given you good advice. Is the one making all the noise - maybe a stealth cockerel or maybe just a bird molting?
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! You have some great advice so I will wish you the very best of luck. Enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
  6. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best

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