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6 week old "broody"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DzieChick, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. DzieChick

    DzieChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 6.5 week old very shy white silkie. When I went out to check them this evening she was just laying all hunkered down. I actually thought she was dead! Normally she runs away when I come by her but she just nestled more and didn't get up when I gave her a poke. When I tried to lift her she did get up and walk but then went back to her "spot" and dug down in the wood chips again. I know it's too soon for eggs but is she just practicing being broody?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    She is taking a dust bath and probably sunning herself at the same time.
     
  3. DzieChick

    DzieChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, she was inside, so no "sun" but she seemed fine the next day. She is my most timid girl so I was really alarmed when she didnt run away!
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    They can look dead when they get involved with dust bathing. Maybe you interrupt a nap. Glad she seems fine.
     

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