Chickens Stories from Our Nest

Like a Pro

Fifi is now 9 months old.  I had a feeling she was broody for the first time and today my thoughts were confirmed.  There she was sitting in the favorite nesting box laying almost flat like a pancake.  Her eyes were glazed over and she was in a broody trance.  She was sitting on air and when I reached underneath of her feathery little chest, it was bare.  She had successfully ripped out all of her chest feathers and then some.  She has perfected the growl and the rare peck at the hand.  I wonder how often she will go broody?  Some hens go broody once a year and others, like Dolly, seem to be broody every couple of weeks or so.  Dolly even seems to be triggered into broodiness when other girls have decided to sit on imaginary eggs.  Some people try to break their chickens of broodiness.  I chose to let nature take it’s course.  With food and water in close proximity of the girls, I enjoy lifting up the nesting box lid and seeing three Silkies piled into one box,sitting on another chicken’s egg.  It is a wonderful feeling being a mother.  I can understand, fertile eggs or not, their desire to become one.

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  • Have you ever tried to break a broody? I've read that if you put them in a cage with a wire floor that this can usually break them in a day or two. I saw a post on BYC where this guy had a grocery cart w/ his broody in it. I thought that was a BRILLIANT idea. She was outside during the day where she could see her sisters and then wheel it into the garage at night where she'd be safe. The photo was hysterical.

  • When my girls first started going broody, I read all the posts on breaking it. I just couldn't do those things to my girls. Now, like you, I just let them be broody. I just embrace it as part of the chicken-like.

  • Yay SAKim, well said!

  • Amy

    After reading this blog, silkies seem like the worst breeds to keep LOL! I found out they only lay 2 eggs a week and go broody all the time! Although I still want to get a silkie just to see how it turns out 🙂