How old does a Silkie have to be before she becomes broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DKrueger4, Mar 11, 2013.

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    DKrueger4 Out Of The Brooder

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    How old?
     
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    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    I have had silkies become broody at 5 months - even before laying the first egg!!! Gotta love those little incubators. I "broke" her broody though....She needed to concentrate on growing up some first [​IMG]
     
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    I just bought a 7 month old. She lays a little pink egg every other day. Do you think I should let her brood?
     
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    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    Oh smile [​IMG] if she's still laying eggs and doesn't seem to be broody, ie stay on the egg all day and get all ruffled up when you move her, she's not broody yet. I try to discourage broody if it's too cold or if I feel that the pullet is young but that's just me. Sometime a silkie will just stay broody, even if no eggs uner her.

    At any rate, when our silkies go broody, I always lift them off the nest 2 to 3 times a day for them to get up and eat/drink/walk...... Enjoy your silkie, I know you will! Have a blessed day.
     
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    Thank you very much for your reply. Do you have a way to introduce my Silkie into my flock of standards? Some of the roosters came over and gave her a small peck. But, when the barred rock hen came over and was eating next to her, My Silkie attacked her! [​IMG]Also, at 7 mos old, is she full grown?
     

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