I thought that silkies lay later than other breeds. I have had my silkie living in the brooder with babies for months. She was making the noise that hens make when they lay. I thought that it could not be possible. She is just 5 months and she laid her first egg today. I was beyond excited!!She brooded all those babies at about 3 months old. I am thinking maybe it made her broody hormones kick in. That is all I can think. Whatever happened, I am so happy!!