Can you leave two broody silkies together?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kattherat, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Kattherat

    Kattherat Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two silkies who are quite content being broody together. They only have a total of three eggs, and sometimes they alternate who has one and who has two. Can I leave them together throughout the brooding process? Can they raise babies together? These are my first broodies, and I want to make sure that they are happy!
     
  2. LadyinRed

    LadyinRed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as they get along fine yes. You can leave them to be broody together. I've had a few pairs of hens raise chicks together.
     
  3. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At this point as long as they are getting along I would say yes. I know that many people oppose doing it this way but I have done some similar things and it all depends on the hen. Usually the hens get more protective a few days after the peeps hatch but who knows maybe yours will be the exception. Where the hens raised togather? That usually makes a big difference.
     
  4. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    It's really a toss of the dice....all I raise are Silkies; I've let the girls brood/hatch/raise chicks together with both GOOD & BAD results. Bad results are when they trade eggs (so some get cold and don't hatch), trade chicks, or one girl wants all the chicks and chicks get squashed to death.
     

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