Broody or eggbound?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eminator, May 9, 2009.

  1. eminator

    eminator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Pomona, CA
    I have two silkies that have not laid an egg in at least 2 days, and they sit all day in the nesting boxes. They do eat, when I put them in front of it, but otherwise they sit, fluffed out. When I put them in their compost pile pen, they rummage through the compost like the others. I feel like an idiot for asking, but would a hen be broody even without eggs to sit on? Does it sound like being broody, eggbound, or something else? Thanks
  2. love4mychick

    love4mychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    [​IMG]i would say she is egg bound and is preparing to be broody is she a first time mother??
  3. eminator

    eminator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Pomona, CA
    Both of them are young (1 year). I am not allowing them to sit on their eggs.

    What should I do (if anything)?
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    first they can be broody without being egg bound
    silkies are famous for that
    also you are doing them no favor by feeding them and not making them get out of nest to eat and drink as the hen will then deficate and be healthier
    this is the common procedure for broody hens

    now what you need to do is put them in a rabbit cage with wire bottom
    at least a wire bottom cage with water and small amt of feed
    it takes about 5 days to break them of setting after they start
    DO NOT put any thing in the cage for them to lay on
    it is necessary for them to break up to have nothing covering the wire

    also not a lot of feed just water and some feed

    they will set to eternaty if you leave them in the hen house

    if you need more help email me PM
  5. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    aahhhhh broody hens, send em my way, LOL.

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