I know. I know. My silkies are broken. They will not go broody. When I first got them in the summer they each laid an egg and then that was it. No more. Until October. They began laying again in October after they were moved into a pen with our silkie rooster. It took me weeks to find a nest box they would actually use. I'm pretty sure only one hen of the two was laying at all again. As I was getting one egg every two days. The eggs were willy nilly laid anywhere. Never in the nest box. Always right on the grass. I would take them out. I took out 8 over a two week period, and continued to get an egg every other day laid in the grass and ignored. Finally I found a nest box they will use! So 6 eggs were laid in the nest, carefully arranged. I left them there thinking the hen would go broody. Nope. After the 6th egg was laid, no more eggs were laid at all. The 6 eggs have sat in the nest box for almost two weeks and I'm about to take them out and toss them. They are not laying anymore eggs and they are not sitting on the ones in the box.
How do you make a silkie hen go broody? I know they have never been mothers before, but they have to become moms at some point. I thought silkies would just go broody and there was nothing to do to change that. I expected they would go broody. Not mine. They have no interest in sitting on eggs. Should I just try to find a hen that WILL raise chicks and give up on these girls? They've been here for a LONG time now and neither have gone broody or even pretended to though they have had free access to all sorts of nests full of eggs from my egg laying hens. Once I penned them and started getting eggs again I was worried they were too nervous free ranging and were stressed out. They never moved farther than an area of about 10sq ft when free ranging. Now? They were laying and as long as I took the eggs out they kept laying. Now that have collected 6 eggs, they're done laying, and they're not going to sit on them.
What in the world? I thought a nest of available eggs was like crack for silkies. Is there something I need to be doing differently for them?