i had my silkie for 7 months she is laying eggs but i never seen her go broody and silkies are the best to go broody i have golf balls in the nest and nest boxes are a bit dark to feel safe and they get lots of sun please help
non broody silkie
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Do you mean that she is 7 months old? If so, and assuming she has only recently begun laying, it may take a little while before the broody hormones kick in.
Oh, seems she may be the exception to the rule then
Sorry, i mean that whilst silkies are known for their broodiness, yours is not, hence she is an "exception to the rule"
You got her 7 months ago, and she is 2 years old in 5 months? So, she would have been 1 year old when you got her?
If you got her 7 months ago, that would have been in fall, September. She would have been just coming of age to go broody when the shorter daylight hours hit. Did she molt for the winter?
Both of those would have delayed hormones being released. She also was moved, which would also have delayed hormones.
You are coming up on spring which is the high season for broodiness. I would not rule her out until she goes through this spring and summer with no sign of broodiness.
Not all Silkies will become broody, but the majority do. I would give this one further chances.
Also....be sure to add calcium to her diet. Her calcium level needs to be higher so that she will go broody. Also take a look at her overall health. Does she need wormed? Is there an external parasite load?
Has she settled into her environment? Does she have a nice quiet place to nest with soft, deep nesting materials? The area should be darker as well, and free from drafts. A nice warm, darker nest, with soft materials and seclusion, salted with the dummies you've provided may encourage the hormone release too. Be sure to allow her a clutch as the size of the clutch presses against the breast bone further releasing hormones.
If her health is good, you've tried all those tricks, and waited through the high season, then yes, you may simply have a Silkie who did not get the "broody prone" genetics.
Edited by Lady of McCamley - 4/1/16 at 11:20pm