broody silkie advice

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lauren6, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. lauren6

    lauren6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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??
     
  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
  3. lauren6

    lauren6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it unhealthy for her?? these are my first chickens by the way [​IMG] 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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