I'm interested to see, as this is my first hatch, if people have done this method? I have a silkie and she's been sitting on the eggs for 19 days now, and they are starting to pip. My original ideal was to get her to hatch them so I wouldn't need an incubator and then I can take the chicks from her and raise them myself, therefore getting some really lovely friendly chickens for our family. I'm hatching Rhode Island Reds. I have a brooder box all ready inside and plan to have them in the garage (with a heat source of course), and have food and water all ready. Our cage that our 2 silkies are in isn't very chick proof, but it houses the older chickens ok because they are a lot bigger obviously! But would the chickens be better off with Mummy Hen? Would they be friendly? Our silkies aren't very interested in us at all much to my daughters disappointment.