How to Raise Silkies with a Broody Hen


Sep 28, 2011
West Lnn, Oregon
I have two adorable little Silkie roos! One is white with a purple face. He looks like a jewel and I named him Treasure. The other is black and white and orange and he sings badly with a hoarse voice. He looks a bit like a Spanish pirate and he seems to be saying "Argh!" in chicken language so I named him Amazing Bandito.

Yesterday someone brought me 20 hens and 1 rooster to keep for her since she is moving to a houseboat! Two of the hens are Silkies! Whoo Hoo! So, now I want to have Silkie chicks.

I have two nice big sweet Buff Orphington who are caring for newborn chicks they created by mating with our big Rhodie Roo. These chicks are about 3 weeks old and will soon be OK to go in with other pullets. The websites say the offspring will be Red Stars, which are great layers!

I am new to having chicks. The batch my Buff Orphingtons just hatched are my first set. I love it. I need some advice because I am just a little uncertain.....

Once the Buffies are done wtih their job as a mom, I want to put the two roos and the two Silkie hens together in that same "Honeymoon Coop" where they can have a lot of sex and the little girls can lay some pure Silkie eggs.

What I read is that Silkie hens are not likely to be broody the way the Buffies have been.

I want to figure out how to get the Buffs, which love to be moms, to sit on the Silkie eggs!

How can I do that? The Buffs are currently separated from any Roos caring for their chicks. So, they probably won't lay any fertile eggs since it has been 6 months since they were with a roo. Is this correct?

What would you do to get the Silkie fertile eggs to be hatched by a chicken? I have an incubator (traded someone something for it), but I do not know how to use it and I lack time for learning with all the projects I am doing. I want a couple hens (or 1) to do it for me!

I think I could wait till the Buffs are done being moms to the babies. Put them into the regular coop, put the Silkie boys and girls into the Honeymoon Coop, and when the Silkie hens lay, put the Buffies (choose the ones that are most broody) into a special pediatric coop to sit on the eggs. Then, once the Silkies have laid a few eggs each, I could put them all back with the regular flock and put the Buffies into the Honeymoon Coop which is ideal for baby chicks. The pediatric coop for the moms sitting on the eggs is not the best place...Small rabbit cage...

What do you think?

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Jan 30, 2015
Silkies are renown for their broodiness - in fact some members keep them specifically for their propensity to go broody! I'd think that you will have little problem with them hatching their own eggs.

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