Chickens Stories from Our Nest

The Return of Dolly

Dolly our Lavender Silkie went broody on December 22, 2010.  I let her broodiness take it’s course.  Her broody period lasted until January 3, 2011.  She was broody for about 2 weeks.  She has not laid any eggs since she came out of her broody zombie-like state.  My research told me that it takes about 2 weeks for a hen to start laying again after a broody period.  Twenty days later, she laid an egg for the first time since she was broody!

I do have to say that we did miss her beautiful little silkie eggs.  As I cradled it in my hand this morning, it was like a little pearl.  Her eggs have a beautiful creamy sheen to them.  In fact, I know which egg belongs to which chicken based on their unique characteristics.  We missed Dolly’s eggs.  Chocolate missed her too.  She was not interested in any of his antics over this past month.  Slowly, she has returned to us with eggs, personality, and spunk.  Welcome back Dolly, we sure did miss you!