I have a broody silkie hen. I tried the whole putting her in a wire cage thing for four days (didn't break her), but she ended up scratching on the wire and causing abrasions on her foot. Now I'm treating bumblefoot in her and just letting her be broody while I do so. The swelling in her footpad looks considerably better when she's not up on her feet so I'm thinking not having constant pressure on it might help the healing. Therefore I have to take her off her nest for soakings, ointments and wrappings. When I do, another silkie hen she's in with goes into the nest to set on the wooden eggs I have in there. As soon as I put the broody hen back, the temporary nest setter gets up and goes back to her business as usual. She's not laying an egg there because she does that in the neighboring nest. What the heck? I always thought a hen was either broody or not. What's with this helper hen? Is this some silkie thing? I've only been keeping silkies a little over a year now and am by no means an expert in their behavior.