Can she be trusted?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Staciaw755, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Staciaw755

    Staciaw755 In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2013
    N. Idaho
    My mom has a broody hen that has been sitting for over 3 weeks. She was on 8 Silkie eggs but at about 12 days decided to take a break from sitting. My mom found the eggs cold. We out them in the incubator just incase there was hope. Well now the hen is still sitting after her 2 day break. If any of the eggs hatch can we give her chicks. Or is it to risky?
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Hard to say. Broodiness is a hormonal thing and there's no telling what state she is in. I'd hatch all the chicks and slip them under her at night just after dark. Hopefully her instincts will kick in. Silkies have a reputation of making good mothers -- but in the end, they are individuals.

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