what happened to her feathers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by coyotesmommy, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is'nt it too early for molting? Check out my chickens belly, she is not even a year old may 8 months, and all the feathers on her tummy are gone [​IMG] I thought they molted in the spring after being at least a year old. The other two dont look like that and one is couple months older. hummmm [​IMG]
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Her belly doesn't look red or irritated.....Has she been broody? They will pick out their belly feathers when they're broody, so their skin can actually touch the eggs.....Helps keep the eggs warmer, and the feathers line the nest.....
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    You're gonna have a brooooooody. My last chicken that went broody plucked her belly. (they do it for skin contact on the eggs). I have 2 hens now that have plucked their bellies, but aren't broody yet.
     
  4. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hummm I bet ya'll are right. But too bad I do not have a rooster [​IMG] no babies for me . I do remember finding feathers in the nest but a while back and she does not stay in the coop very long after she lays. Uh oh come to think of it I have not seen one of her eggs last couple days maybe I should check the yard for a hidden nest and the rest of her feathers.
     
  5. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe I could get some fertilized eggs from someone and see if the is brody. That would be neat.
     
  6. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like broody, see this pic from earlier this year, same belly.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ahh!!! how sweet!!
     
  8. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with broody...
     
  9. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    If your a parent you should understand.

    There are plenty of time my youngn' s made me want to pull my hair out! Now it just falls out. [​IMG]
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's my girl that is not broody yet:
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    And here's my broody that hatched 8/1
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