HELP! Intoducing broody silkie hen to four-week-old chicks today

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by joebryant, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    In about six hours I will be bringing home two broody black silkie hens and one blue silkie rooster; all three are one year old. I am giving the rooster and one of the hens to another guy who wants them, so I will have one silkie hen that's broody to introduce to my ten four-week-old blue Orpington chicks.
    What should I do? Will she try to kill my chicks if I put her with them, or will she adopt them as hers? Will they try to hurt her?
     
  2. Jades Chickens

    Jades Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you trying to get the hen to mother the chicks? If so I am pretty sure it isn't going to work. I would be shocked if it did. If you mean you are just going to put them in the same pen they will probably be ok. I don't think that the hen will try to kill the chicks. The chicks definatly won't hurt her. The hen may peck at the chicks a little. You will just have to try it out and see what happens.
     
  3. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

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    Yeah-she won't mother them at that age. Just put her in there and watch them for a bit. If she is drawing blood-separate them for a few more weeks.
     
  4. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    There's no problem. Anne and I thought the silkies were so neat that we decided to keep all three. They're now in a large dog crate in the garage. Within a week or two, I'll have a new coop built for them.
    BTW, there is a blue hen, a black hen, and a blue rooster. Gotta luv 'em.
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2008
  5. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    That was a QUICK romance. I just now took the rooster that was continuously crowing along with the black hen and gave them to the guy whom I was originally going to give them to. Great looking, sweet rooster, but his never-ending crowing was driving me bananas.
    I put the blue hen in with the ten four-week-old blue Orpingtons, and you'd've thought that she had always been in there with them. No problem whatsoever from/for her or the babies.
    ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL!
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008
  6. Jades Chickens

    Jades Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had to write and say that is pretty funny.
     

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