I want another broody :-)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cluckygirl, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. cluckygirl

    cluckygirl In the Brooder

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    My silky hen is between 4 and 6 months old. Will she go broody?
    What age does this usually happen?
    She is laying eggs.
    Is there anything I can do to encourage broodiness?
    Thanks in advance xo
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2015
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

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    As for your first questions, the answer is that there are no guarantees, and the best indication is her family line's habits and even that guarantees nothing. Every chook is individual, to the degree of me not bothering hazarding guesses because of how worthless they are, sorry! ;)

    As for the last question, leaving her eggs in the nest, making her nest secure and a little hidden, removing social issues like bullying, and giving her a good diet can all encourage broodiness, but plenty of hens brood without any of that.

    Best wishes.
     
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    While Silkies are a broody breed, broodiness is controlled by hormones. You really can't encourage it much other than making the nest boxes a comfy place for her to brood her babies. Put up some curtains over the boxes, keep some fake eggs in the boxes and make sure your boxes are in the darker corner of the coop.

    But 4 to 6 months of age is a bit young yet to go broody. Let her age a bit. She is not yet fully developed. I would bet by this spring or summer she goes broody.

    Good luck with her and welcome to our flock!
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Yes, your silky is young. Give her a chance, first time broodies may not be reliable - but, over time they can develop into great broodies.
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on Two Crows.
     
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    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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