OOPS, I didn't collect eggs for a couple of days and my silkie hen went broody.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wjeffgriggs, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Wjeffgriggs

    Wjeffgriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have two laying hens and neglected to collect the eggs for a couple of days and sure enough the silkie went broody. I removed the eggs, (while she destroyed my hand) and took her off the nest. She doesn't seem to mind that no eggs are there. She immediately goes back to the nest to sit. On day 2 of this. Any suggestions? I do not care to have her hatch chicks right now because I have 20 chicks in the brooder right now.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2012
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Broody is hormonal, having no eggs will not hurt her.

    She'll go back to 'normal' for a silkie.
     
  3. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well....can you just pop two or three of the chicks in the brooder under her? She will adopt them, most likely. Do it at night and all should go well.
     
  4. CubanRooster

    CubanRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] I agree! Why not just have her adopt a few? :)
     
  5. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup! You can just do a few, you won't have to raise as many chicks, and you won't get any more chicks! And you're silkie will be happy :)
     
  6. Wjeffgriggs

    Wjeffgriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    That would be a good idea but the chicks will be a month old in 5 days.
     

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