Foster Mothers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenbuddy, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. chickenbuddy

    chickenbuddy Songster

    Jun 4, 2008
    I was curious. People say silkies are good foster mothers. Do they mean they will hatch eggs other that their own or does it mean they will mother chicks that are already hatched?

  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    They will hatch any eggs you give them. I would not just give them baby chicks and expect them to raise them.
  3. lichick28

    lichick28 Songster

    Dec 31, 2008
    I gave my silkie girl a few chicks & she accepted them right away. I did stay near by & watched that she wouldnt hurt them & she didnt. tried it with others & they wanted no part of it
  4. Silkiemama

    Silkiemama In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2008
    S.E. Ohio
    Silkies are famous for sitting on eggs - any eggs, and will raise any baby that hatches out. As far as putting other already hatched chicks with them, it all depends on the hen. We tried putting new born chicks in with our two hens last spring, and they wouldn't have anything to do with the babies - except at night, they did let the little chicks sit under them at night. Other than that, nada.

  5. chickenbuddy

    chickenbuddy Songster

    Jun 4, 2008
    Okay! Thanks for the info. I've read several times that silkies make great foster mothers but I never quite got what that meant.

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