Silkie ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by birds4me, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. birds4me

    birds4me Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 silkie hens and it seems like when 1 (or more) go broody, they all stop laying?!?!?! [​IMG] This is the 2nd time that they have done this. Is this "normal" for the breed? Is there anything I can do about it? I don't "need" them to be broody since I have an incubator and I sell hatching eggs. Them NOT laying all because 1 thinks she needs to hatch some pine shavings is really putting a damper on my hatching egg collecting! [​IMG]
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I don't know if it's a breed trait or what, but both of my silkies are broody right now. Went broody at the same time.

    Thankfully it's not an issue for me, as I have other hens to lay eggs. The silkies I got as a way to guarantee a broody.
     
  3. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A silkie of mine went broody before she started laying for the first time! Since then she hasn't been broody...but it's only been like 3 months so I'm sure her clock is ticking...good luck! Maybe the others are molting? One of my silkies is...
     
  4. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    HaHa good luck trying to get eggs out of a Silkie! I had 5 hens who only laid 4 eggs in a whole year! And none were broody, sick or moulting (they did moult once during the year).
     
  5. birds4me

    birds4me Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, then I just officially have weird birds! Mine usually each lay an egg a day and are very faithful about it until "someone" goes broody. Then all laying comes to a complete hault![​IMG]
     
  6. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mine are weird too...lay every single day & take turns to go broody...so far! [​IMG]
     
  7. midwestchickenwrangler

    midwestchickenwrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems like when one of mine goes broody, or just stops laying for a few days, the other one follows suit. I know how you feel.[​IMG]
     
  8. rearrolled

    rearrolled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i no, i have 5 sikys and 1 of them went broody and then the other 4 just went broody around here its kinda wired but butter sucurity for the chicks [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] with my silkys if i want them to be mums ill give them a dosen of eggs each and then they just go clucky. its orsome i hadly yoss the incubator or brooder any more [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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