I was not interested in doing chicks this year because I'm 8 months pregnant and with about 180 layer hens, 4 roosters, 4 ducks, 3 dogs, an eggs business, housework and a husband to take care of raising chicks was not in the plan this year! But it appears two of my silkie hens conspired with a blue egg laying EE to ruin my little plan. The EE laid more than 20 eggs in the back of a shelf unit in the horse stall and pushed straw up inside... and then walks away every day.... leaving two sillies (one dark slate blue, one partridge) that aren't even laying yet... but tonight my husband called me out to the horse stalls going... "I hear peeping...." I was like... no. No. No. Can't be. ...... apparently it can. One little black clean legged muffed chick is already hatched and the silkie "moms" are very proud of their little one. And protective too. It will be interesting to see what they will look like. The moms an EE the father (probably) is a gorgeous (handsome?) Blue and red Roo that's half black silken and half EE... Not my picture because I can't get my boy to hold still but mines a dead ringer for this one and he's the same mix as mine. There is the possibility some of the young boys I took to auction. 2-3 weeks ago could be the fathers ... they were mostly just mixed splash maran/silkie/ee and were nearly all blue, splash, lavender, or combo... so that still wouldn't be too bad I guess. Going to be interesting to see what they turn out like. But darn those hens... make 're work for me!