Chickens Stories from Our Nest

3 Broody Hens

Broody hens, I’ve got 3
Won’t somebody rescue me!
They sit all day and growl and squack
They do not leave to take a walk
Fluffed out upon the nest they sit
Tail feathers spanned to throw a fit
No Silkie eggs that they protect
No Silkie eggs for us to collect
Invisible are the eggs they see
Broody hens, I’ve got 3
-Tilly’s Nest

I am at my wit’s end with these girls.  Spring is definitely in the air.  I don’t mind that they are broody really,  I just miss their eggs.  Sometimes the best things do come in small packages. I just hope they start laying for Easter time.  Won’t the Silkie eggs make the most adorable dyed Easter Eggs?

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  • So happy to have found you on Deborah Jean's blog. Do check out my newest posting that shows a hen house-coop with a living roof. I love it!

    If you're working with children in the garden or doing a school or community garden I have free resources available on my web-site.

    All joys to you and hopes for silkie eggs for Easter,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  • Thank you for stopping by today! What a clever idea to have a living rooftop!

  • Those darn horomones! I've always heard if you put a broody hen in a cage away from the flock for a few days, her horomones will return to normal and so will her egg laying. Good luck!

  • Thanks Kate! I never thought I would be on the receiving end of hormonal chickens!!

  • My neighbor's silkies will "hatch hay" for 30 days and then decide to go back to laying. She tried to break them up and just finally gave up. She just keeps taking any eggs her others might have laid in the nest. Hers always "hatch hay" in pairs. They will even hatch eggs together. 🙂

  • I think I am ready to give up too! Well, if anyone wants hens to go broody, I would tell them to get Silkies!