Ooooo My Silkie has gone broody I think... How many?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PineBurrowPeeps, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. I have a white silkie hen named Tribble who I think has gone broody! (This is good, it's why I bought a Silkie to begin with!)
    When we let them out of the coop this morning she didn't come out, and just now I went to check for eggs and bring my flock a treat and she was still in her nest.
    I went up to her and she pecked my hand HARD and when I stroked her back instead of running away like usual she growled at me!
    I lifted up her hiney and she's only sitting on one egg.
    I only have one Rooster, a gorgeous Banty Dominique who is always with her and she's his "favorite".
    How many eggs can I fit under a Silkie? I'm thinking about letting her hatch some but I don't know how many. I have her eggs from everyday saved up just sitting at room temp in a basket in my kitchen, probably 6 of them. I could go pop them under her...
    I think a Silkie/Dominique would be bazzar looking!
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  2. bradybrady09

    bradybrady09 BANNED

    Mar 19, 2009
    If she is normal size silkie i would say 12 bantam eggs or 6 standard eggs.
  3. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    I had one Silkie that seemed like she wasn't very good at covering more than 6. I would throw a couple under her, you could always throw all and see how it goes.
  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    I would say about 6, to be safe. Sounds like she is broody, setting and growling and pecking!!

    Good luck with the hatch!
  5. Fox

    Fox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2008
    South Carolina
    Quote:My Silkie sat on 8 eggs, 7 which turned out to be fertile so I tossed the 8th out. She hatched all of them, so I really wouldn't do more than that, but do make sure her nest is nice and rounded so that there is a bowl shape going on that the eggs rest down in. That seems to work the best for us. Good luck!!
  6. Thankies!

    Will a Momma hen protect chicks from things? I'm just curious. Say another chicken came to check out her new chicks would she protect them?
    I don't really have a way to seperate her right now so I am wondering if I will have to pull the chicks and put them in a brooder or if she'll watch out for them later.
  7. RooptyDoo

    RooptyDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    I had a silkie sit on 10 before but my broody now can barely sit on 6. Yes if she is a good momma she should protect and take care of her babies. I have had some be good mothers and some be horrible mothers. I usually keep them (mom and babies) somewhere where they cant be bothered though.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  8. SweetMissDaisy

    SweetMissDaisy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:To be safe, protect her from other hens. It is heart wrenching to find your babies harmed, killed, or even completely missing from the nest/yard/coop. I never have had good luck leaving a hen and new chicks in the chicken yard. Free range mamma's tend to do better here than mamma's in the coop/yard with other hens.

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