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I have a silkie who is pretty much premantly :Dbroody and now my standard cochin just went broody as well. Does anyone have experience letting 2 Broodies raise chicks together? The mamas have been best buddies since they were babies. Pros and cons would be appreciated. Thank you! big_smile.png
the variety flock! 1 Easter Egger, 3 Black Copper Maran, 2 Crested Cream Legbar, 1 Black Langshan, 1 Barnevelder, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 Amber White, 1 Silkie, 1 California White, 1 Blue Cochin, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Welsummer, 1 Crested Polish, 
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the variety flock! 1 Easter Egger, 3 Black Copper Maran, 2 Crested Cream Legbar, 1 Black Langshan, 1 Barnevelder, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 Amber White, 1 Silkie, 1 California White, 1 Blue Cochin, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Welsummer, 1 Crested Polish, 
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post #2 of 5

Some hens are fine with co parenting others not so fine.  Cochins and silkies are generally mellow and the fact that these two are 'buddies' should help.  The problem with hens setting on eggs in the same nest is that they tend to 'steal' eggs from one another and inadvertently cracking or breaking them.

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What about store bought chicks and slipping them in with the broodies?

the variety flock! 1 Easter Egger, 3 Black Copper Maran, 2 Crested Cream Legbar, 1 Black Langshan, 1 Barnevelder, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 Amber White, 1 Silkie, 1 California White, 1 Blue Cochin, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Welsummer, 1 Crested Polish, 
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the variety flock! 1 Easter Egger, 3 Black Copper Maran, 2 Crested Cream Legbar, 1 Black Langshan, 1 Barnevelder, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 Amber White, 1 Silkie, 1 California White, 1 Blue Cochin, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Welsummer, 1 Crested Polish, 
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post #4 of 5

My best success with that has been hens that have been setting for close to 21 days.  Place the chicks under the hen in the evening so that the hens can bond to them over the course of the night.

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has anyone had luck slipping 1 week old chicks under a broody?
the variety flock! 1 Easter Egger, 3 Black Copper Maran, 2 Crested Cream Legbar, 1 Black Langshan, 1 Barnevelder, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 Amber White, 1 Silkie, 1 California White, 1 Blue Cochin, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Welsummer, 1 Crested Polish, 
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the variety flock! 1 Easter Egger, 3 Black Copper Maran, 2 Crested Cream Legbar, 1 Black Langshan, 1 Barnevelder, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 Amber White, 1 Silkie, 1 California White, 1 Blue Cochin, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Welsummer, 1 Crested Polish, 
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