Broody Hen Thread!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FarmerBoy24, May 1, 2011.

  1. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I could tell at around 5 weeks she was going to leave them, she would go off and scratch for a time by herself and then a week before she rejected them the roo started mating with her again.. It didn't surprise me when one night we heard a commotion (the henhouse is at the back of our property about 3/4 of an acre away) we went out and she was pecking the heck outta a few of them trying to get away from them...
     
  2. chicken farmer

    chicken farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never seen or heard of LF silkies but I'm there are somewhere
     
  3. DarynA146

    DarynA146 Out Of The Brooder

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    hey,one of my silkies has layed 7 eggs. I want to know how many she will lay and when she will start sitting to hatch them. She layed her first egg last week tuesday . Help please?[​IMG]
     
  4. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today marks day 18 with my broody.... I doubt these will hatch early as she has been a normal broody and taking a moment here and there for herself which is fine with me as she has a few eggs that are a few days behind... It doesn't stop me from wanting absolute quiet when I go out because I keep wanting to hear those little cheeps ......


    I thought the waiting wouldn't be as bad with a broody but nope, its just as bad as an incubator!!![​IMG]
     
  5. DarynA146

    DarynA146 Out Of The Brooder

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    MY silkie has layed 7 eggs when will she start sitting and how many eggs will she lay?[​IMG]
     
  6. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens


    There is no way to tell if or when a hen will go broody.... it is more likely that a silkie will at some time, but is still not an absolute, there are exceptions in every breed or type of chicken.
    She will lay eggs every other day or so as long as the amount of daylight is correct except when she is broody or gets too old to lay anymore. There is no set number they will lay, some strains of the breed lay more often, some less often.

    I don't expect young hens to become broodies right away, and I don't leave their eggs in the nest for extended periods either... if you want to encourage broodiness you can leave golf balls or something similar in the nest and it will act the same as eggs. If you want to use particular eggs for hatching then just save them in a carton somewhere cool (50-60*) and tilt the carton two or three times a day and inch or two from end to end (I just put a block of wood under one end and switch ends 2 or 3 times a day). Eggs can be kept that way for about 10 days before they start loosing viability and need replaced. If you date the eggs when you place them into the carton you can remove the oldest ones after a week or so and just cycle them through that way. Then you will have some ready for when your hen does decide to set.

    Most average sized silkies can cover about 8 of their own eggs, sometimes more if it is an experienced hen... though I don't like to overload a hen with chicks, especially a first time mama... 6 or 8 chicks is a lot to keep track of for them.
     
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  7. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    I think it is worse than an incubator!! [​IMG]
    2 reasons.... 1) you can't see anything going on!! At least in the 'bator you can see pips and progress!!
    2) I hate the thoughts of a hen getting nothing for her effort if the eggs fail to hatch for some reason... so that always worries me too!
     
  8. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, This is true...Atleast with the incubator I can see if something is happening.. She growled at me when I was out there, lol...My sweet hen is in full leave me alone mode..I did get a chance the other day to test an egg or two and they are full and the air cells looked really good so I am hoping she gets something for all her effort..
     
  9. PortlandHen

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    Yes. I keep thinking about how hard our girl is working, and I hope there are chicks in there. I'm going to candle them on Saturday or Sunday (day 7 or 8). It's SO hard to wait.
     
  10. zmaryellen

    zmaryellen Out Of The Brooder

    This is day 22 for the earliest eggs under our buff orp.... no peeps yet.... should we be worried, yet?
     

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