How old to go broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bart40330, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. bart40330

    bart40330 Out Of The Brooder

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    Old enough to lay, old enough to brood?

    My buff silkie hen laid her first egg today. Confirming that she is indeed a hen, I put her and a buff silkie rooster in a large cage together to use as a breeding pair. Should she start setting as soon as she has laid a clutch (and how many is a clutch?) or does she need to get a little older?
     
  2. CA-reds

    CA-reds Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure what a clutch is but if she laid her first egg she is either a young pullet or a hen the rooster should breed her either way depending on if he is fertile it may also be determined on the size of egg.
     
  3. bart40330

    bart40330 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well yes she is a pullet, and about six months old. What I am asking is, will a six month old pullet go broody?
     
  4. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you never can tell, they have to get it in their head that they want raise chicks, there's nothing you can do to make her go broody,
     
  5. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies EASILY go broody-- even the Males!
    Let her collect eggs over a few days time...
    once there are several in the nest, she'll probably set on them. If not, collect em up, and start again an a few weeks....
    Both my Gals and one Roo are broody atthe drop of a hat and steal other chickens eggs to sit on! LMAO!
     
  6. bart40330

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    Quote:Hold on. Are you telling ole Bart that the rooster will sit on the eggs????
     

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