How to make a Silkie Go Broody!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by WiseChicks, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. WiseChicks

    WiseChicks Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Hudson, WI
    So, I got 2 boxes of eggs on Friday, and my incubator that I had set up to regulate was NOT working.

    I quick set up a giant kennel in the house, put in 2 plastic tubs for nests, put pine bedding in the nests and in the kennel, draped it with a sheet, placed 15 eggs in each "nest" and waited until dark. After night had fallen, my son and I crept out into the yard and plucked 2 silkies out of the coop. We popped the groggy birds on the nests, turned out the lights, and offered up a quick prayer that this would work. Saturday morning rolled around and we put fresh food and water in the kennel. both girls came over to eat and drink and then went back to the nests and turned the eggs! Silkie 1 curled right back on the nest. Silkie 2 turned the eggs and then perched on the lip of the nest to go back to sleep. I gently moved her on to the eggs, and she stayed there. Sunday morning, both girls ate, drank and broody pooped! I was sooooooo thrilled!

    I think it worked!

  2. Luke0987654321

    Luke0987654321 Songster

    Aug 10, 2009
    good work!
    hope they stay broody!!!

  3. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    That is awesome! Good luck!
  4. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    I read an article a while back on how to make a chicken broody. They used a similar techniques as you did. Good luck with your eggs!

  5. WiseChicks

    WiseChicks Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Hudson, WI
    They are still at it, and have assumed the semi-comatose state of broody hens so I think we are set.

    Total dumb luck, but it was the only thing I could think of!

  6. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    I am amazed! I don't incubate well, so I could use a broody- on- command. Keep us posted.....
  7. carolynb

    carolynb Chicken Kisser

    May 18, 2009
    That is so cool!! How old are your silkies?

  8. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    That was quick thinking! Good for you!
  9. evonne

    evonne Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Las Vegas
    hhmmm i think that info may help with my leghorn... trying to see if she's gonna set these eggs she layed or not... this is her first clutch...
    might try this with her tonight and see if i can get her to stick.. lol...
    a friend suggested duck tape... rofl

  10. BirdMom

    BirdMom Songster

    Mar 15, 2009
    Wow! That is awesome! I wanna try that! My silkies are not old enough yet, though, they haven't started laying yet but should any day now.

    I hope they continue broody for you and hatch out lots of chickies. Keep us updated!

    Good job!

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