How many babies can a silkie broody keep warm

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by henney penny, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has seven under her right now and I thought that only one or two of the silkies eggs in my incubator would hatch and it looks like five are going to hatch.I wanted to put them under her with the others but do you think she can keep 12 warm?There is a heat lamp in there but it still gets cold in the night
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Are they all silkies?

    The LF outgrow the bantam chicks really fast, so seven sounds like too much to me if they are not bantams. I wouldn't let her have more than she could hatch herself. [​IMG] But I wouldn't want to risk it.
     
  3. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are all silkies,she has 7under right now and is doing fine with them,if the all the incubator ones hatch there will be 5 more a total of 12 to have under her.And I do have a heat lamp over her also
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    If you have the heat lamp, I don't see why not. I wouldn't expect her to keep them all warm enough though.
     
  5. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is in the coop and in a dog crate,the coop gets down low at night in the 20`s.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]Two of the incubator babies.Put them in the fish tank to learn to eat and drink and wait for the others to hatch
     
  7. Wnunezcruz

    Wnunezcruz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she would do fine with all the extra babies.
     
  8. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched 6 under a broody Silkie last Spring. The farm where I bought the eggs recommended only 6 due to the size of the Silkie. More than that and you risk them not surviving because they need her body heat for weeks to come, not just when they are little bitty fluffy chicks.
     
  9. suzeqf

    suzeqf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:we have the same set up, My girl is sitting on 6 eggs at the moment 4 silkie cross and 2 turken cross
     
  10. omegorchards

    omegorchards Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was wondering how many standard (say a Barred Rock) or large size (say a Jersey Giant) babies a Silkie can handle without supplemental heat. Any thoughts?
     

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