I was so excited about hatching eggs out under my Silkie hen Cleopatra. I had, yes I said had, a beautiful silkie rooster who I really badly wanted to have offspring from. I was waiting a little longer for the weather to warm up more but my silkie hen went broody and stopped laying, then a week after my rooster died ( waiting for the necropsy report still). I was is tears that rooster was my little buddy would follow me around and was so sweet, never attacked me and very protective of the ladies. I contacted the guy I bought my first silkie eggs from and took advantage of the broody hen situation. I have 6 silkie eggs I placed under her and she looks so happy and proud to be sitting on something other than a empty nest.
This is my rooster Casper whom recently died... Still having a hard time with it:(
Cleopatra on her throne, proud mother to be
Casper was a gorgeous rooster - on looks alone I can understand why you're having a hard time, but the fact that he was your little buddy too. That's just too sad. Let us know how Cleopatra gets on - I'm sure we all agree, everybody loves to see pictures of Mamas and babies!