Plucking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ratzy, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Ratzy

    Ratzy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pekin bantam ( named Little Dude for her attitude ) and she's always broody. Last time she was, she wouldn't move and sat in her own poo for days. Now, she's been plucking her underside feathers completely and she chases me like a rooster. I reached down to pet her, and she jumped up and clawed me. How do I break this cycle? I've read about putting them in a drafty cage, does this work?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    All about broodies: http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Broody-Hens-1.html

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    5 has breaking up a broody. I have also simply removed them from the nest 3 or 4 times a day, and pestered them until they ate and started pecking and scratching. Worked for me 3 or 4 times, but there is no guaranteed method of breaking one, other than letting them hatch or giving them purchased chicks.
     

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