Broody Silkie

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PToledo81, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. PToledo81

    PToledo81 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey everyone! I believe I've got a broody Silkie... How should I go about breaking her of it? No rooster around so no point in her laying on eggs (which I have been removing). Thanks!
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Not sure if you have seen it, but there is a nice article in the Learning Center that has some tips for discouraging them, https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/encouraging-or-discouraging-broodiness-in-your-hens I like to use the wire cage method mentioned, usually a wire dog crate, I like to put roosts in because the wire is usually spaced wide enough that they can't stand/sit on it comfortably (most dog crates seem to be around 1x4" spacing). and keep the crate in the middle of the coop/barn isle where thing are really busy, you want the hen to be bothered. For food and water I like to use small bowls I hang from the sides since some hens will sit in bowls on the floor. Usually a week or so will do it for all but the most stubborn hens.
     

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