How many chicks is too many- for mama Silkie

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lizanne, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. lizanne

    lizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a broody Silkie fostering some of my layer chicks. I originally gave her 3 chicks, and have now added 2 more (they are a week old at this point). I have 4 more layer chicks that I need to separate from the Meaties (those guys are huge, and I worry about the smaller chicks. Can I put the other 4 chicks with her (for a total of 9 chicks) or should I put them in a different brooder?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    A lot will depend upon what the lower temperatures that you may be experiencing. There are only so many chicks that a hen can keep covered if that is necessary in your part of Ca.
     
  3. lizanne

    lizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coldest it should be in the next week or so is 35 degrees. Would it be better If I put a heat light over her nest?
     

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