Silkie gone broody

GoneHomeGrown

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jul 12, 2010
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Yes that is what I got the bantams for but I did not want her to do so yet (Ok, I will stop trying to get Mother Nature to go along with my plans.
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). They are only 6 months old and we are coming into the cold. I have tried discouraging her and took the eggs away, but she keeps getting/laying more. I have decided rather than cage her alone to break the cycle, I am going to cage her with the eggs she has now (oh and maybe a couple others of my full size eggs
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) and let her have them.
Now for the question that I came to ask. I am just slightly higher in elevation than Phoenix, AZ and we run about 3-4 F lower, but of course with the seasons change, our temps and weather are fluctuating. Mom is really staying tight on those egge and is probably keeping them constant temp, but should I help her out and bring the dog crate that I will be moving her into inside? How about if she gets some to hatch, should I bring them in then, if I let her stay out?
Thank you all for any thoughts.
 

bigdawg

AA Poultry
10 Years
Jun 28, 2009
1,185
10
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middle tenn
let her hatch them. mine go broody all through out the year. last january i had two silkie sisters hatch out 10 out of 12. they all did fine. it was snowing the day after the hatch.
 

GoneHomeGrown

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jul 12, 2010
26
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Now that is one ticked off hen. We'll see how strong her desire to be broodie is. She was trying to get out of the crate when I first put her in. Then she set and pulled the eggs under her. I came back a minute later and she is at the gate wanting "out!" I am ok with her deciding either way, but I can tell the poor girl is torn about what she wants to do.
 

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