What the heck is going on here?


In the Brooder
7 Years
Mar 20, 2012
Ft. Worth, Texas
Ok, so I have this hen who I've noticed just laying a lay box all day. Finally today I picked her up to give her a look over and noticed all of the feathers on her belly are completely gone!

I have no idea what would cause this, or what to do to remedy the problem. Please help!

Did she growl at you when you picked her up? She is probably broody. Hens will pluck a "broody patch" on their bellies to get better contact with the eggs to help keep them the correct temperature and humidity for developing and hatching. They will also stay on the nest, only coming off once a day. Do you have access to fertile eggs to put under her?
Well you can try to put her in a crate for a couple days to see if that works. But if she goes straight back to brooding, I doubt that there is anything that will stop her. She'll snap out of it in a couple weeks.

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