The funny thing is we did not plan it this way, it just happened based on when we got the eggs and started them. My daughter said last night they were going to hatch today so I had her prepare the hatching incubator for lock down (she has been distracted with her school musical). Then she said they were actually due next weekend instead so she did not put them in the hatching incubator. This morning she heard chirping from the incubator they are developing in and when she candled the rest of the eggs she realized they are due today after all. We had moved a Silkie chick that hatched in the coop yesterday into the hatching incubator to warm it up so now it has a companion and it is not peeping so much.
I am expecting more Silkie chicks staggered through the week because they keep pulling fresh layed eggs under them so they are all started at different times. I am going to have my daughter pull in any eggs with tipped air cells so we can put them in the hatching incubator to hatch with the rest of the chicks that are hatching. As the chicks dry off and are strong on their feet I will move them to the stage 1 brooder.
We should have Orpingtons hatching soon so I wanted to give the black chicks to the Silkies to raise but I forgot that I eliminated black chicks from our hatches this year so I will be keeping most of our chicks in order to keep splash pullets and blue roosters. It looks like these hatchery Ameraucana chicks will be the ones I give to the Silkies after all so I can get my broody hens off the nest. I need to put a ramp on my Silkie coop for chicks, though, so they can go in and out on their own. I have a "nursery" I have moved them to in the past to get them started but the hen tends to kick shavings in the chick water so it was more work feeding and watering them with the hens than in the brooder.