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Our little Silkie Honey Mustard has become broody. Husband tells me I should leave all the eggs in the nesting boxes so she will quit. Is this true?

 

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Edited by ErikaSmit - 4/29/12 at 4:27pm
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Our experience has been that the silkie will be encouraged by all the eggs..smile.png.The only way we have discouraged a broody is to move the hen into a quiet and dark area, with a fan blowing on her.  Hope this helps... Nancy

 

PS we had one silkie go broody, mid air, sitting on imaginary eggs on a roost and I finally had to "save her life" by breaking the broody as she couldn't see her imaginary babies!  True story!!! Silkies are quite the broodsters!  Good luck
 

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Haha!! I swear, chickens are not dull pets big_smile.png

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Take the eggs away from her ASAP. She will sit on them forever. Her behavior & the presence of eggs could also encourage other Silkies in your flock to do the same-- you're actually helping her get back to her normal lifestyle by breaking her broodiness, unless of course you want to hatch some chicks!  

Bargain knows what she is talking about! Dark space, fan blowing, she will gently get the hint that she needs to go back to laying eggs & not be a mama hen right now. It works, and she'll just think she was treated to a little "mini vacation" with cool breezes & food all to herself...

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Leaving the eggs will encourage her, and others, to become broody. A broody hen lays no eggs, then she raises her chicks for 6 weeks or more and seeing more eggs laying around will tempt her to become broody again. A silkie will be broody forEVER is you let her.

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I live with my partner and our daughter in the foothills of NC. We LOVE our critters!
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Unless of course you would like babies... Me, I'd give her some eggs. They make great incubators. 

At the very least, wipe the poop off your feet before getting in the car.

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Good night sweet Trousers, The Derp Club will miss you.
Treasure the love you recieve above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. Og Mandino
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At the very least, wipe the poop off your feet before getting in the car.

"Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here!"
Good night sweet Trousers, The Derp Club will miss you.
Treasure the love you recieve above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. Og Mandino
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ugh! I only have 7 chickens... 3 are silkies, and one died recently due to poor health being broody! Now my two others are broody AGAIN-  

i don't have a dark place to put them.  Is there a way to do break them outside?

Thanks!

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