I have a broody Silkie that I would like to mother some chicks. She has been broody for about a month and was sitting on some eggs, one of which was hatching, when one of my other girls ate the baby. Needless to say, we got rid of Ms. Aggressive and now I am looking for some chicks to get the Silkie to raise. My question is about how to introduce the chicks to the hen and how old the chicks need to be (Can I go up to a week in age?) Next question is if I can mix the age of the chicks. Can I get her mothering a few chicks this week and then add a couple more in two more weeks? How many chicks can I put under a Silkie?