Silkie not leaving the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by camire77, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. camire77

    camire77 Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2014
    Okay we have a small wooden box that we put in the coop during the summer in hopes that the silkies would lay eggs in there not just wherever. Since the weather has gotten cold our one silkie barely leaves the coop. She sits in that box all the time. When we open the door to the run she comes out and eats a little and drinks and goes back in. We have taken her out to free range and she does the same. I thought she might be laying on an egg but the last one we got out of there was a week ago. She seems to be energetic while she is out and other then that she isn't acting any different. All the other silkies are doing fine. Should we be concerned? Should we bring her in for the winter? Could she just think she is keeping an egg warm when there isn't one there?
  2. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2014
    Sounds like she's gone broody. Does she only come out to relieve herself once a day?
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    ^ x2. Are you seeing broody poops? You'd definitely know them if you'd seen them, they look more like they came out of a rather large dog than a chicken. Do you plan on giving her eggs to hatch if she is brooding? If not, you may want to separate her into a wire bottom cage (with no bedding) and break her so she doesn't continue to sit and loose weight.

    Good luck.

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