Broody Silkie on hold

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lesia, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Lesia

    Lesia Out Of The Brooder

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    My cutest Silkie went broody, but I don't have the right eggs to hatch for her yet. My old rooster was a bantam and I don't want his babies. I have ordered eggs online, of course its taking forever for them to be delivered - they should come in this week. Can she wait for about 10 days? Everyday we move her out of the empty nest for a walk, few times a day. She goes around eats, drinks for a minute and runs back to her pretend " babies". I hope this resets her clock, so when we do get the good eggs she will still be sitting for 21 days... Do I stand a chance? Or should look for an incubator?
     
  2. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put some golf balls under her. She will not know the difference. I had a broody last spring who was broody for 90 days. I finally let her hatch some chicks. Others may not but try the golf balls. Worst Case you put those eggs in an incubator.

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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! She will be o.k. as long as you keep doing what you're doing, letting her exercise and make sure she eats well. Hope your eggs come soon!
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I agree, just make sure she eats each day.
     
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I have a hen that would stay broody forever if I didn't break her of it lol. Hope your eggs come soon.
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC. Agree with everybody else, most silkies will stay broody close to forever, so an extra week or so probably won't matter to her. Just be sure she eats and drinks. Good luck with the hatch.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] It's always a good idea to have a plan B in this instance an incubator in case things don't go as planned. Especially if the eggs you bought were expensive.
     
  9. Lesia

    Lesia Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all your replies, I sure got a bit more confidence reading your encouragements. No word per shipment still! Everyday gives me more worries. On top of everything we are expecting to have a first frost, unusually early. I dont know what I got myself into now...
     
  10. Lesia

    Lesia Out Of The Brooder

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    By the way those eggs were quite expensive, "very rare" from mypetchicken.

    Did any of you get their eggs and used a broody, not an incubator to hatch them at this time of year? How was it? What was your success rate?

    This whole " modern" approach is new to me. I grew up with chicken, my grandma had them as the major part of our food supply. But it was much simpler back then...

    Thanks again for your input!
     

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