sikie hen won't leave nesting box???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by deedra11, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. deedra11

    deedra11 Out Of The Brooder

    32
    0
    32
    Nov 18, 2010
    hi i am a first time chicken owner & my silkie hen has been in the nesting box for two days. Yesterday she was sitting on one of my barred rock hen's egg & today she laid an egg in one box & is laying in a different nesting box now. I'm not sure if she is sitting on one or what? I have a rooster & I do not want any chicks so what should i do? How often do they do this?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    16,242
    108
    336
    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    They will do it a lot.

    If you don't want chicks, just remove the eggs from her daily, at least twice a day. Then you're all clear - She'll either give up or sit there for 21 total days, then be done with it.
     
  3. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    1,571
    10
    171
    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    Thats a silkie for ya. We have some that will try to sit on eggs or a empty nest all year long. You will just have to keep taking her off the nest. We have had to put some of our hens in a wire cage to breck them from wanting to sit. Or just give them golf ball or rocks to sit on.
     
  4. deedra11

    deedra11 Out Of The Brooder

    32
    0
    32
    Nov 18, 2010
    so do i just pick her up & steal the egg from under her? Is it weird that she was sitting on a egg that wasn't even hers? Do they even know?
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    66,674
    17,801
    836
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    They have absolutely no clue as to whom the egg belongs. If it is "egg like", they will attempt to hatch it while in broody mode. Since she is a silky, she may attempt to set for far longer than 21 days. If you want to break her of being broody, remove her from the nest box and confine her to a suspended wire cage for a week or so. It's just nature's way. She is wanting to provide the next generation.
     
  6. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    Mine tried to "hatch" a plastic rock. [​IMG]
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    20,506
    3,898
    506
    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    This thread might help you. It gives different techniques and different people's opinions. I prefer the cage with a wire bottom myself.

    Break a Broody Thread
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=2176186#p2176186

    I personally think it is cruel to not break a broody if you do not give her eggs to hatch. They do not eat, drink, or exercise as much as they should and usually lose some weight when broody. I think in this weakened state, they are more susceptible to parasites and disease. I will admit some are a lot harder to break than others.
     
  8. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    In the summer when it was really hot, I broke one of my silkies by keeping her under-side wet... she didn't like it, so she didn't spend much time in the nest... only took a day or two. I also blocked the door to the coop so she couldn't get in. It was funny, my other girls would be over by the door pacing and kind of like hopping... like a kid who has to pee... cause they couldn't get in to lay their eggs. I did open the door for them, and they practically killed eachother getting to the nest box.

    Just make sure she eats and drinks why you are attempting to break her.

    Best of luck...
     
  9. MommyToThree

    MommyToThree Out Of The Brooder

    59
    0
    29
    Apr 17, 2010
    Yakima, WA
    I just had this happen with my silkie too. I used a wide stick to gently lift her up and over a bit and then got the eggs out from under her. She would always find new eggs the next day so you have to keep doing this until she gives it up; for me that was three weeks. I would have loved to let her hatch some chicks but they would have hatched out two days before we were leaving town for three days so I couldn't let her. Good luck.
     
  10. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    oh I am so jealous! I want a broody so bad!

    I have been trying to find some silkies for awhile now but I am not paying $15 for a laying hen! ( more twice what I paid for my others) and I haven't found any chicks that are local and cheap enough!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by