how often do chickens go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by luvchicks8, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    My silkie hen is sitting again, she just hatched out a few weeks ago and now she has collected 3 more for 2 days now. Is that "normal" for silkies? Not to mention every chick she hatched this year has been a rooster not 1 pullet.
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Silkies are the broodiest birds in the entire chicken world.
  3. Beth G.

    Beth G. Gaetano Family Farm

    Do you want to trade???? Mine just won't do it!! I have 4 silkie hens right now and not a single one has interest in laying on any eggs. I bought these darn birds for that very reason. Needless to say I am very dissappointed in them right now!! [​IMG]
  4. DW "just had to have Silkies" so she would have broodies to raise babies.....then all *^$* broke loose in my flock

    I have had the following broody this year:

    1 blue rock (hatched babies)
    1 black rock (broody twice since May, hatched once, broke her the second time)
    1 black rock (broody twice since May, hatched once but started killing chicks as they hatched, rescued them and gave to a surrogate mama, broke her the second time and will not let her brood EVER again)
    1 delaware (hatched babies)

    None of these were hatchery birds so the broody tendency is still in them (obviously, LOL)

    ...and now, all 3 silkies want to sit!! UUUGGGGHHHH

    No more broodies this year, please!
  5. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    Well none of my other birds have ever gone broody just little Abby the silkie. She takes in everyones eggs I don't have the heart to take them even though she remains friendly even when sitting.

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