Is she broody or just lazy?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by silkiechick05, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkie hen (keep reading, I know they are broody all the time!) sits in the coop all day laying down. But when I let the flock out, including her, it is like the spell is broken and she goes about her normal chicken business, broodiness gone. When I put them back in the run, she goes straight to the ladder and into the coop to lay down.

    So, the burning question, is she broody or lazy?
     
  2. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    I vote, Broody! Mine do the same thing, especially if they aren't sitting on eggs. I think they know they are sitting on air.. [​IMG]
     
  3. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    how long has this been going on? I would wait a few day and if she is still laying on the nest, I think she is broody. [​IMG]
     
  4. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See that's the thing. She has no eggs; she stopped laying. Even when my BR was laying, she wouldn't lay on any of her eggs. Or her own for that matter. I think she's a dumb broody. It's been going on for about a week...
     
  5. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    Quote:[​IMG] it's always the ditsy ones that go broody! LOL Give her some golf balls or wooden eggs and see if it lasts, if a week goes by and she is still mothering the golf balls, try giving her some fertile eggs.
     
  6. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] it's always the ditsy ones that go broody! LOL Give her some golf balls or wooden eggs and see if it lasts, if a week goes by and she is still mothering the golf balls, try giving her some fertile eggs.

    LOL she really is dumb. My other pullet is even dumber and wont even eat grass. It is just so hot right now, I am worried about her over heating if I give her eggs.
     
  7. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    I had a broody on the middle of July and it was HOT! She did fine and hatched out two, but we checked her several times a day and hand fed her plumb and watermelon and made she she got up for water. But if you are really worried, go with your gut [​IMG]
     

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