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silkie hen question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by littlered, May 16, 2011.

  1. littlered

    littlered In the Brooder

    May 16, 2010
    i have a young silkie hen she has only layed around five eggs i think if i put her in a cage with some of her eggs and a few other sometime soon do you think she will go broody or is she to young

  2. gameboygal12

    gameboygal12 Songster

    Feb 24, 2010
    you can't force a chicken to go broody. Their broodiness is triggered by long daylight hours and warmth. Silkies are very frequent broodys so she might go broody sometime this summer.
  3. L.L Farm

    L.L Farm Chirping

    Aug 23, 2010
    Like gameboygal12 said, you can't force a Silkie to go broody. Silkies ARE one of the best brooders out there though. She might go broody, but keep her in a warm spot. Mine tend to go broody more in the summertime, not so much spring time.

    Good Luck [​IMG]
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    They will set when they turn broody. Then you won't be able to get her off the nest very easily and she'll come back if you do take her off.

    (She isn't broody if she isn't setting.)
    Last edited: May 16, 2011

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