How many BCM chicks can a Silkie & Serama keep warm?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Violetsrblu, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. Violetsrblu

    Violetsrblu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2013
    Lakeland, TN
    I bought 14 French Black Copper Marans eggs from eBay and put them in the 'bator. I've never gotten more than 50% hatch rate from shipped eggs, so my plan was to put the chicks under my two broodies, a Silkie and a Serama that are nesting together. These two have been a dynamic duo in the past with brooding chicks together, but the most chicks they've raised were 4 EEs.

    I've just put the eggs in lockdown and a final candling suggests that 10 are viable. If they all hatch, do you think my little ladies can keep these chicks warm? I enjoy hatching chicks in my home, but depend on my broodies to do the work of raising them.
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    I wouldn't give the Serama more than four, but a Silkie can easily handle six to eight.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I've not had any Serama, but I'd imagine 4 would be about the max. My silkie does 6-7 easily. So I'm thinking you're good.

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