- Aug 6, 2019
I currently have 5 broody Silkies, one of which has a clutch of 8 eggs due to hatch any day now. This hen will be a first time mom. My question is: should I give a few of the 8 chicks to the other broody hens? This would lighten her load a bit and it would be nice to have multiple hens looking out for the chicks among the flock. I had this happen a few months ago with 2 of my broody hens. One had no eggs, the other hatched 2 chicks. One of the chicks somehow ended up "imprinting" on the broody hen that had no eggs while the other chick stayed with "mom". It worked out quite well but this is obviously on a little larger of a scale. Anyone have experience with this?