first time real hen setter

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gavinandallison, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    Although the DH and I have hatched lots of chicks in the bator - we now have a lovely silkie hen ( Sheba ) who has been brooding a nest for about 18 days.. she has been so good and I have worried myself sick over her , as the time grows near I am worried WHAT if's:
    If her egg ( we added 2 of our barred rock's eggs just in case ) 3 total eggs do not hatch - we have 4 babie silkies inside that are a week old do you all think we could slide them under her and she take them as her own (which in truth they are her own ) ??? Or do we let her deal with the heart break , or do chickens have heart breaks ??? See I am a softie and I will cry if I see her sad .

    Please advise me a new natural chicken grandmomma to be
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Normally I would say that one week is too old (I have read three days is the limit), but silkies are so laid back in my experience. I think I would try it but hover to see if she pecks them. I have two teenage silkies right now in with a bunch of chicks and they are great with them. But I did have some silkies a while back that tried to kill some chicks I put in with them.

    She might not accept them as "hers" though and I would definitely run those heat lamps in case they don't stay under her. She might not kill them, but she might not sit on them either.

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