My poor broody Sylver

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by pbjmaker, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
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    I have a little frizzle cochin/silkie hen that is an extreme broody. I didn't want chicks out in the yard this summer so I kept taking her eggs away. I finally let her keep two which magically overnight became 5 [​IMG]

    Anywho, I candled them a couple of nights ago and one was pipped internally. Last night I went to lock down the chickens and check on Sylver but her sister Jet was sitting on the eggs more [​IMG]

    I checked under Jet and the egg was was pipped. Where was Sylver? She would NEVER abandon her eggs or let someone take them. I kept hearing this sound of pecking on plastic. Walked around the yard trying to find the source. Lo and behold, Sylver had decided to take her daily meal out of the ducks "bowl" - one of those shoebox sized totes. It must have flipped over on her and she was trapped. The second I lifted it she scurried for the coop in the dark clucking for her baby the whole way. Thank goodness she has a sister that will take over her eggs. This morning they are both in the nest and there is a cute little silkie (mostly ) pullet chick! (Mom is barred and dad isn't making for sexlink babies)

    I'm just thankful it isn't hot out - she would have cooked under that plastic tote.

    Only chicken people would understand the relief I felt.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I'm so glad she's safe. [​IMG]

    Wish my missing hen would show up. [​IMG]
     
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    I'm glad this horror story has a good ending. A good reminder to look under things when a chicken goes missing.
     

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