Broody silkie adopting older chicks!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Danragg, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. Danragg

    Danragg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi guys, i have a broody silkie who has been sitting on golf balls for a almost a week now.
    I know you can sneak day old chicks under a broody in the night but i was wondering what is the oldest chick you could sneak under a broody and her still adopt them. thanks in advance!
    Dan
     
  2. Danragg

    Danragg Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The closer to 21 days since her going broody the better the chance she'll adopt them.
     
  4. Danragg

    Danragg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the reply what is the oldest chick that the broody would except or do they have to be day old?
    thanks
     
  5. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 days and under will have the best results.
     
  6. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pretty much day Olds, as older chicks will not imprint on a hen, if they aren't with her from the time that they hatched. I would say the oldest is 1-4 days, older than that just raise them yourself.
     
  7. Danragg

    Danragg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the info guys starting to wonder if i should just get older hens. what is the youngest hens that i can mix in with a flock of four silkies? thanks
     
  8. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Without a broody mom I usually don't integrate birds younger than 14 weeks.
     

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