Questions on Plump Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sweetshoplady, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    I have a couple of plump hens who have rather full feeling abdomens. They're laying eggs on a regular basis. If a hen is plump, will her abdomen feel full or flat? Would a warm bath help if something is wrong? Do I need to add something to their diets? Also, a couple of them are missing some feathers along their fronts.

    Could that be from molting? They get a good layer ration as well as fresh greens and whatever else they can find from free ranging. Other than the missing feathers, their feathers are soft, and they are really cuddly bundles. I know one girl looks like she's getting a whole new tail.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Their abdomen is usually a bit "full", but if they are laying no problem, maybe they just look bigger due to lack of feathers due to moult?

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