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    • CommentAuthorlrpmum
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2011 9:15pm (Jun 28th 2011)
    Can anyone help. Have read all the info on plucking feathers but have a bigger issue. We have a light sussex who was broody she had plucked a small line of feathers down her breast. We removed her from the coop and run and put her in a cooler place after researching on www as to what to do. On return to the coop and run three days later she was no longer broody but still didn't lay then over the next five days she plucked her breast bear, right back to the skin. Any advice? Thanks Jen
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2011 10:20pm (Jun 28th 2011)

    Keeper of the hens

    She's probably either still broody, or just getting over it.

    I wouldn't worry too much, as long as she's not sat on the nest trying to hatch eggs, then she'll hopefully regrow her feathers without plucking more out!

    If she's still broody, then she might need a bit more time "in the slammer"...

    She won't lay for a while yet - she's still getting over the broodiness, it doesn't happen over night.
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2011 11:18am (Jun 29th 2011) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Sometimes broodies pick their chest feathers out in order to transfer body heat better to the eggs. It sounds like that's what she's doing.

    Broodiness can last for months, and she probably won't lay until about 4 weeks after she's over her broodiness...a hen stops laying when broody so she can hatch the fertile eggs, then doesn't begin laying again until her chicks are old enough to look after themselves.

    Keep an eye on her and try stop her acting broody. Once she's back with the others and acting fine, watch her closely for a week or so to make sure she doesn't continue plucking her feathers. If she does after that, it's most likely some other problem.

    She should begin laying relatively quickly, it's just a matter of waiting it out! Try collecting the eggs as often as possible, some hens who go broody easily only have to look at a clutch to want to hatch them!

    :welcome: to the forum too!
    • CommentAuthorlrpmum
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2011 10:53am (Jul 3rd 2011)
    Thanks for those answers.
    Had figured it was all to do with broodiness but wanted to check. Have started cod liver oil in drink too and we are moving eggs asap. She is laying but they are very small compared to previously, small like when she first laid.
    She has quills growing from her bare breast - is this likely to be feathers she has plucked or ones growing back?
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2011 8:52pm (Jul 3rd 2011)

    Keeper of the hens

    New feathers do look like quills as they grow, so it could easily be new growth. Is there any blood? Plucked feathers that leave spikey bits often show blood.

    Check through this thread, it has feathers of Tilly as she moutled and grew her new feathers :)
    • CommentAuthormaryb
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2012 1:41pm (Jan 31st 2012)
    I'm having the same problem with my rhode rock (feather plucking of the breast) but I don't think she's broody. She's laying an egg a day and comes out of the coop (she's not trying to hatch the egg). She's also lost a lot of weight. My other two hens seem perfectly O.K. Any suggestions?