In the Brooder
- May 28, 2013
My silkie, who we originally thought was a boy, was the first to start laying. She's been at it for about 2 weeks, 1 egg per day, joined by 1 other hen also once a day. One large mutt we thought was a hen, since started crowing and aggressively breeding, mainly her. My silkie has always been kind of a fragile chicken. Timid, nerdy, last to do everything. I was very concerned about her when the large roo started being rough with her, but I didn't really have a way to keep them separated. Now my silkie has been just sitting in the nest box for 2 days, found 2 eggs under her yesterday morning, I removed them, but she wouldn't budge. I originally thought she might not be feeling well b/c of roos roughness with her, but I'm not sure if it's broody behavior. She doesn't act aggressive, no vocalizations (but she never has much), seems to be eating and drinking ok. Ideas? I've since done my best to keep the boys separated. She's just sitting there kinda drooping. Do I need to do anything or feed her something else?? She's just getting layers crumbles and free ranging some before this started. Please help...I really like her.