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Pullet Pulling Her Feathers Out....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TwoCrows, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I have a Black Australorp pullet that is 7 months old. She has been laying steadily, nearly everyday since she was 6 months old. My question is, is it normal for them to pull out their feathers while laying eggs? After she leaves the nest box, there is always 4 or 5 feathers she has plucked from herself. This goes on everyday. Is she going to stop before she goes bald? Thanks for any information. Leyla [​IMG]
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That is often a sign of broodiness. They pluck their bellies bald, so that they can come in direct contact with the eggs, plus it makes a nice nest. If she's not staying on the nest constantly, she may be partially broody.
     
  3. justin24

    justin24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the hen just started to go broody i would let her sitt on some eggs
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    She lays very quickly and gets out of the box right away. Would it help if I saved the feathers, (I have been removing them) so that she might stop plucking them?
     

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