When? How long before Broody starts?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rooster0209, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    I have 13 guinea eggs in one nesting box and 2 silkie eggs.

    Sometimes one of the hens lays an egg along w/those.

    When can I expect a hen to go broody? or my Silkie to decide to?

    I know its a stretch getting a guinea to. [​IMG]

    I know, I know: patience is a virtue....one that I dont have
     
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    How old are your silkies? Mine went broody about a month after they started laying.
     
  3. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to remove the silkie eggs and keep them cool but not refrigerated and turn them. The guinea eggs need to incubate for 7 days then add the silkie eggs back to the nest if you want them to hatch at the same time.
     
  4. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    Quote:I hatched her in early fall last year. She has only layed about 3 eggs so far this spring
     
  5. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think you can "expect" it to happen anytime other than when she is dern good and ready.

    I am up to 4 freaking broody hens right now, and I don't want any! Why does it work out this way?It would be great if I was a breeder, but I am not!

    I have 1 on eggs, 2 in broody jail, and one in a nest box till I can release someone from jail. I would have 5 had I not broken one last week!


    I swear, they keep this up I am getting leghorns. I want eggs!
     
  6. Year of the Rooster

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    Quote:I hatched her in early fall last year. She has only layed about 3 eggs so far this spring

    Then you may have to wait a while. [​IMG] I got my chicks from Ideal Sept. 4 of '08 and I got my first silkie egg at the end of February.
     

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