broody silkie advice

lauren6

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Feb 12, 2010
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I have a 7-8 month old silkie that has been broodie for a while now, I take her out of the nest box twice a day to get water and food.

How long is standard for a silkie being broody??
 

pgpoultry

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Oct 16, 2009
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There's that saying about how long is a piece of string? Well, some hens are so broody that they stay that way whatever you do...sometimes you need to let them hatch eggs.

Placing the hen in a dog crate so she is cold underneath is about the best way....but even this is not enough to persuade some hens.

sandie
 

lauren6

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Feb 12, 2010
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is it unhealthy for her?? these are my first chickens by the way
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it just feels like her breast bone is sticking out more and I am worried she isnt getting enough food. which is why Im taking her out.. She comes out of her "trance" runs around a little frantically eating getting water and pecking in the yard the back in the coop she goes after about 15 minutes.

we have no rooster so I would need to purchase some eggs to go that route as a last resort..
 

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