Silkie is laying but not setting?!

acarter26

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jun 16, 2011
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One of our silkies has laid 6 eggs and I have yet to see her set on them. How many eggs will they lay before staying put?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
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SW Arkansas
Quote:Apparently quite a few. I have a silkie that is 14 months old and hasn't gone broody once. Her "sister" stays broody. They're individuals.
 

DTRM30

Songster
10 Years
May 25, 2009
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154
Some chickens will lay eggs their whole life and never go broody. Some will lay 3 eggs and try to set on everyone elses every few months.

Laying in and of itself does not mean the hen will want to set on them. It's a biological thing - some do some don't.

Silkies tend to go broody more than other breeds - but like gritsar said - they are individuals.

I have a brown leghorn who has been laying for three years and went broody for the first time this past summer. I have a barred rock and a few others the same age that have never been broody. I had a silkie (until the oppossum got her) that was always broody - I had another silkie that never went broody. Just for some examples for ya ...

If she's only just started laying eggs, she's still young as well. There is no way to force it to happen - and there is no way of telling if or when it will happen.
 
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TammyP

Songster
10 Years
Oct 2, 2009
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SW Wisconsin
Might I ask you silkie owners....approx. what age should I be expecting her first egg to appear?

Thanks!

~Tammy

Hope I didn't hijack this thread..just thought with silkie owners all in one group, you could enlighten me??
 

DTRM30

Songster
10 Years
May 25, 2009
464
7
154
never really noticed - but I know it's been later than the LF I've had. I'm thinking around 28-30 weeks ? I'm sure someone on the silkie thread under breeds can probably tell you though.
 
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gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
256
421
SW Arkansas
Quote:I can't remember precisely when, but I know it was later than most of the other breeds - listed in my signature except for the brahmas. I believe it was around 26 to 28 weeks.
 

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