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post #11 of 17

OK I too am new to chickens. My silkie hen went broody, no eggs under her so I put an egg under her. It was fertile. Now what happens when the egg hatches, will momma take care of the hatchling or do I remove it and put it in a safe place ? Do I give it food and water ?  What kind of food would you feed it ? Will it need to be kept warm with a heat lamp ?

post #12 of 17
Mama will take care of it. I would give her more then one egg. For food chick starter
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Mama will take care of it. I would give her more then one egg. For food chick starter

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post #14 of 17
Just a note I would mark the eggs you give her because she will get more eggs from the other hens
post #15 of 17

I only have 2 hens,one is sitting and the other is laying normally one egg a day.  The one sitting is just an experiment to see what happens.

post #16 of 17

Today I noticed the the brooding hen, which I placed an egg under from another hen about 14 days ago, she laid an egg, I candled it and it was fresh. Is this normal, I was under the assumption that broody hens don't lay eggs? BTW When I candled the egg I put under her, no light went thru. I don't know if this is good or bad. Pretty soon if all goes well the egg ought to hatch if it was indeed fertile, in a week maybe. 

post #17 of 17
If you have more than one hen the egg probably came from one of the other hens
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