Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by flutterfeet, May 4, 2016.

  1. flutterfeet

    flutterfeet Hatching

    May 4, 2016
    Hi everyone:) I have a question regarding a silkie chick I've decided to keep. I breed these beautiful birds and recently I decided to keep 1 chipmunk baby out of 16 to sell. This chick is approx 3 weeks old. Two days ago I had more hatch and I placed the new 5 babies in with the older keeper for company. My question is why would a 3 week old chick take care of the babies? This chick actually lays on the babies full spread of wings and calls to feed them. The 3 week old is very gentle with them and acts exactly like a mother hen would. Is this common or do I have a potential female or good rooster possibly?

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Silkies are always wanting to be mothers, sounds like you have one starting early. I would guess it's a pullet. Was probably lonely too. It is very unusual behavior.
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