I've been reading on here and trying to research it but have a question about broody Silkies. I have 1 that is a year old and been broody at least 4 times(Stupid chicken). I don't have roosters and cant have anymore then I have now. So far she has been sitting almost 3 weeks, I go out several times a day and remove her and put her outside with the others.(I work from home) I've read some put in buckets of ice water, I think that's mean, others say put in wire cage or remove her from nest area completely or just have her wait it out, and that it may take a month or two. Mean time while she is brooding I now have another that is sitting in the same nest with her. Lordy these chickens are driving me crazy!!
Can anyone tell me what has worked for them.
Breaking a broody is mean in my mind. Brooding is natural, it's supposed to happen, so why interfere is my thinking. We've had our 2 Silkie hens for 5 yrs - we're not zoned for roos. When the hens go broody, we let them set an empty nest. It gives their bodies a rest from the prolific egg-laying they've been doing. While they set an empty nest we take them out a couple times a day to eat/drink/dust-bathe/exercise before they go running back to brood their "empty" nest. We make certain to take out other hens' eggs quickly before the broody collects the other hens' eggs to set. After a couple/three weeks the broody gets her brooding satisfied and is out and about with the rest of the flock. I've had some chickens that are acting broody but really only want to be alone while molting and re-growing new plumage. So broody behavior is not always brooding with my hens. Still they need to be taken out of the nest to get nourishment and exercise. I take a broody to the far end of the yard so she has to run to get exercise on her way back to the nest, meanwhile she'll stop to eat/drink/dust-bathe along the way before returning to the empty nest. No need to dunk the little dears in cold water or isolate them in cages - Why? As for broodies driving us crazy, we get used to it. Just make sure they get out a couple times every day. Two Silkies sharing the same nestbox is not unusual.