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How many eggs will a silkie lay before sitting on them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cmorg, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. cmorg

    cmorg New Egg

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    Our silkie hen is laying her first clutch, she has laid 8 eggs so far, all in the same spot in a simple looking nest of hay.

    I know they're supposed to be good sitters, but 8 eggs so far and she still isn't sitting, how many eggs before she starts to sit? Is there anything I can do to get her to sit?
     
  2. sutillman

    sutillman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine layed I think 10 or 12 before she finally started sitting. Of course that was here first clutch. Now she'll sit on the first one anybody lays![​IMG]
     
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  3. australorpchick

    australorpchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't have to lay any. Air will work just fine. One of mine tries to hatch pine shavings.

    How old is your hen? My first broody silkie was about 8 months old and then the other two saw and figured it was the new in thing and followed suit.

    The other day, another member was able to coax a couple of silkies by putting them in a pen, on top of eggs, when it was dark and the hens were asleep. They woke up and stayed there.
     
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  4. Harrietsmum

    Harrietsmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Wyandotte bantam trying to hatch pine shavings at the moment. She has pulled all her chest feathers out and added them to the shavings to help keep them warm!!
     
  5. proffie floffie

    proffie floffie New Egg

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    My little silkie hen is up to 5 eggs, this is her first clutch, super excited!
     
  6. Dalqueen

    Dalqueen Out Of The Brooder

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    How long should I wait to see if my silkie goes broody
     
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Sometimes they'll lay 1 or 2, sometimes they'll lay for months or a year before they go broody. They are individuals and theres no set date or number of eggs before :)
    I have a flock of Silkies, they all do their own thing, in their own time.
     

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