Why do broody hens.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mr chicken dude, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Mr chicken dude

    Mr chicken dude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have no stomach feathers??? My broody and another broody I saw on here had no feathers on her tummy is it to help keep her eggs warm?

    Thanks,Collin
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, they can't tell us why, but it does keep the eggs warmer when they are next to her body. It also "feathers" or softens the nest for the babies.
     
  3. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Exactly!
     
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do think it's for better contact with the eggs, for warmth, and also for proper humidity. When you lift a broody hen off her eggs, you can feel that her bare breast is slightly moist. And icky. [​IMG]

    (That's just a personal theory.)
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Also very true.
     

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