- Jul 1, 2020
I hatched out a dozen shipped eggs. I also had a silkie hen. That was broody at the time they hatched. She is a small silkie and the chicks are standard sized barnevelders. So I decided to give her six of the chicks. It had been awhile since a broody raised chicks of the same hatch, that I was raising in a brooder. I had forgotten how good of a job they do. The six she raised are twice the size of the ones I had in the brooder. There is a lot to be said for them getting plenty of room to roam and a more mixed diet. Out in the sunshine.