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How long will hen take a break of laying eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JeanShi, May 13, 2016.

  1. JeanShi

    JeanShi Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a silkie and a polish. The silkie went broody. And we introduced 2 babies to her. Now she is a great mum. The polish doesn't go broody. But she is so interested in the babies. She is always helping the silkie to take care the babies. Now, we have a 2 mums and 2 kids family. And the polish stops laying eggs. Is this normal? When the hens will lay eggs again?

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  2. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whether the Polish went obviously broody or not, it sounds like she is in mothering mode. Many times a broody hen will start laying with 2-4 weeks of the eggs hatching, but not always. I think it depends upon a lot of factors, breed being just one. Our silkie didn't lay for about 10-12 weeks after hatching the clutch.
     

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