I have this diabolical plan

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by gritsar, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I got two silkies this past spring for one reason and one reason only - I NEED a broody!!!

    Already dreaming about spring and what new birds I'd like to have, knowing that one more bird on this farm could spell divorce for me. Except...DH said I could keep whatever my current chickens can hatch out.

    How bad do you think a silkie mama would freak if half of her brood was turkeys and the other half ducks? [​IMG]
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
  3. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    In my experience, Silkies do not seem to be to brilliant.

    I would say you should do it, and move them to a brooder at hatching.

    An egg is an egg, right?
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Beware the evil silkie's mind control.

    You just think they're turkeys and ducks. [​IMG]

  5. tnchickenut

    tnchickenut It's all about the Dels!

    Jan 24, 2010
    Englewood, TN
    Don't turkeys and ducks hatch at different days? A new broody mom would usually quit sitting after the first chick, maybe two... think you would do better sticking to one species in a clutch.
  6. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Depends on the duck, Muscovey's take longer, turkey takes 28 days. Careful your Silkie can COVER the eggs, hate to see her trying the balancing act for 28 days. [​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Good point. Okay, so if both silkies turn out to be hens one will get the turkey eggs, the other one the duck eggs.

    Nivtup said: In my experience, Silkies do not seem to be to brilliant.

    Amen to that! I get a chuckle every time my other birds run off, leaving the silkie alone. Once it realizes that it's been left behind, it spins in circles and then heads off, usually in the wrong direction. [​IMG]

    Oh and the one silkie thinks he/she is a cornish X, so it should have no trouble hatching out some monster eggs.
  8. Criskin

    Criskin Lost somewhere in a book

    I'd love to see a picture of a silkie sitting on a batch of ginormous eggs! You'll have to post one if you go through with your plan! [​IMG]
  9. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    One of my silkie hens sat on 2 blue jersey giant eggs. Only one hatched but it stayed with its momma in the silkie pen I didnt get any pictures but it was very funny to watch this huge chick trying to get under momma's wing That chick stayed in the silkie pen thinking that little silkie was its momma even after he towered over her.

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