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

    Apr 7, 2016
    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?

  2. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    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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