Broody Silkie

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ErikaSmit, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. ErikaSmit

    ErikaSmit Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2011
    Schererville, IN
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012
  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    Our experience has been that the silkie will be encouraged by all the eggs..[​IMG].The only way we have discouraged a broody is to move the hen into a quiet and dark area, with a fan blowing on her. Hope this helps... Nancy

    PS we had one silkie go broody, mid air, sitting on imaginary eggs on a roost and I finally had to "save her life" by breaking the broody as she couldn't see her imaginary babies! True story!!! Silkies are quite the broodsters! Good luck
  3. ErikaSmit

    ErikaSmit Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2011
    Schererville, IN
    Haha!! I swear, chickens are not dull pets [​IMG]
  4. California_chickie

    California_chickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2012
    Napa valley, Ca
    Take the eggs away from her ASAP. She will sit on them forever. Her behavior & the presence of eggs could also encourage other Silkies in your flock to do the same-- you're actually helping her get back to her normal lifestyle by breaking her broodiness, unless of course you want to hatch some chicks!
    Bargain knows what she is talking about! Dark space, fan blowing, she will gently get the hint that she needs to go back to laying eggs & not be a mama hen right now. It works, and she'll just think she was treated to a little "mini vacation" with cool breezes & food all to herself...
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Leaving the eggs will encourage her, and others, to become broody. A broody hen lays no eggs, then she raises her chicks for 6 weeks or more and seeing more eggs laying around will tempt her to become broody again. A silkie will be broody forEVER is you let her.
  6. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    Unless of course you would like babies... Me, I'd give her some eggs. They make great incubators.
  7. Cuccismith

    Cuccismith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2014
    South Jersey
    ugh! I only have 7 chickens... 3 are silkies, and one died recently due to poor health being broody! Now my two others are broody AGAIN-
    i don't have a dark place to put them. Is there a way to do break them outside?
  8. amswainwright

    amswainwright New Egg

    Apr 12, 2015
    No, in fact i find that the main cause of broodiness is leaving too many eggs in the nest. To prevent broodiness, chase of the hen off the nest and remove any eggs from the nest. Hope this helps. [​IMG]

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