Which is better broody or laying?

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  1. SilkieSaint

    SilkieSaint Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have silkies and they are about to lay in spring when it starts getting hotter but Iv heard tha ti can make them broody... So I was thinking is it better to make them broody and put my other cross breed eggs under them or should I just wait for them to start laying... I want to start making money but also I want silkies iv heard they will come out of broodiness in about 3 months so I was just wondering if I should make them go broody or just wait for them to start laying.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    You can't make them go broody nor can you keep them from it. They won't go broody until they themselves have been laying. It's hormonal and when their hormones say to do it, they will, whether you give them eggs or not. When they do go broody you have the choice of either giving them eggs to hatch or breaking them of it.
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. @pyxis is correct - you will have to be patient, I'm afraid.

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  4. SilkieSaint

    SilkieSaint Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 ones that are 2 years old but they only layed 1 egg before winter when I got them. So I wanted to make them go broody
     
  5. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    :frow Hi, and :welcome

    Like the above comments say, you can't make a silkie (or any chicken) go broody. But when they do, stick some large fowl eggs under them! :D silkies are not the best of layers, but they will lay about 4-times per week in their prime.
    Your 2 yo should definitely be laying more. Are you feeding them a layer feed? Are they maybe hiding their eggs? [​IMG]
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Are these hatchery silkies, or from a silkie breeder. Hatcheries breed out the "broody," instincts, etc. They want eggs. Your silkies should have laid more eggs than that. Are you sure that more than one of them is female?
     
  8. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    This poster is in Australia, so they are just coming up on spring. It makes sense that their birds only laid one egg if they got them right before winter, what with the stress of the move and then the low daylight hours causing them to take their winter break.
     
  9. SilkieSaint

    SilkieSaint Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone
     

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