When does a broody start laying again after chicks hatch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gabby3535, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster

    My broody hen hatched 3 chicks about 2 weeks ago..........[​IMG]
    Today I found a blue egg (she's my only blue egg-layer) in the shaving on the droppings board.
    Is this about right?
    I didn't think she's start laying until her chicks are 'weaned' away from her................
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    That's pretty early, but anything is possible. Mine seem to cut the chicks loose either just before or just after they start laying again so keep an eye on things. At two weeks old you'll probably have to brood the chicks yourself for awhile if she's decided that she's done being a mommy.
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    My Aussie usually start back in about 3 weeks.
  4. mboreham1

    mboreham1 Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    Carmichael, CA
    my d'uccle was about 2 weeks, inconsistent for another week or two and now back to about 5 or 6 per week
  5. I have a silkie that STILL has nt started back to laying at 6-7 weeks. She is far too preoccupied with her babies still. Don't know if that is a bad thing or not...
  6. Hope119

    Hope119 Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    Our broody's babies are almost 3 weeks and today I found the tiniest egg - smaller then any pullet eggs I saw so far. It is the color one of black hens is laying and our broody's eggs were that color too. Can it be hers? I would guess the egg has no yolk.

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