Silkie acting weird!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by silkyfun, May 17, 2011.

  1. silkyfun

    silkyfun New Egg

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    So I have a silkie pullet that has started laying just a few months ago but recently for about the past week and a half has not layed any eggs and will constantly sit puffed up making clucking noises occasionally. She doesn't even have any eggs to sit on! when I pick her up or move her near food and water she'll get up and eat and drink then go back and sit down. what is wrong and what on earth is she doing????
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Broody!!

    You have a broody hen!

    [​IMG]

    Give her some fertilized eggs to set on and she'll hatch them for you if she doesn't change her mind. They don't lay when they are broody.

    Also make sure she has food and water within reach so she doesn't even have to get up from the nest to eat and drink when it is close to the time of hatching (around 21 days) and after they hatch. If others pick on her you might separate her so she doesn't get beaten up.

    Some never separate broodies.

    You can do a search on BYC for "broody hen" and read a lot about it.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2011
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    She is just being a Silkie [​IMG] They love to go broody!
     
  4. Miyashi

    Miyashi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are soooooooooooooooo stubborn about it too.
    Oman!
     

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