I need questions answered regarding Silkies!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mychookschick, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. mychookschick

    mychookschick Songster

    Aug 28, 2009
    1) Are Silkies good brooders?
    2) Would they make it worth my while just to have a few for brooding?

    Thanks and any more about silkies and brooding that I should please tell me!


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  2. DANNY

    DANNY Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    I would not recomend silkies I have had much better success with cochins and ameraucanas as well as justmutts.
  3. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Songster

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    Just my opinion~~~but Silkie hens are the best broodies there are. Second, would be Cochins; the reason is the Silkies are much less aggressive towards me when I need to check the eggs. Aggression is good if the broody has to deal with predators, but my birds don't have to.

    The Silkies I raise that don't make the cut as breeder or show quality, are usually sold to local guinea breeders as broody hens (at a very good price).

    Another advantage to the Silkie is that they do well in confinement.
  4. SunshineSteedFarm

    SunshineSteedFarm Seramatching Equestrian

    Aug 18, 2009
    Yes Silkies make fantastic broodies and great mamas [​IMG]
  5. peepswiththepoof

    peepswiththepoof Songster

    May 19, 2010
    Rougemont, NC
    Quote:And not to mention, they're just the sweetest little chickens!
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  6. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Silkie's are GREAT.Ive raised many silk's over 6 year's along with many other bantam and standard breed's.My new 7 month old just hatched her first clutch of egg's.3 of her own and 4 OEGB egg's.One egg didnt finish hatching so don't know what it was.I did have to bring in last egg and put in bator and finish it out.But great for her first clutch.7 out of 9 survivor's.The other 7 are doing super they are wide open lil thing's jumping up 3 steps already in a 2 tier coop.Cochin's are good broodie's as well along with frizzle hen's.I have heard Belgian Quail are too but never had any of those.A guy I know use's cochin's and Belgain to sit his peafowl egg's.Polish wont sit egg's and Never had but one broody in sebright hen too. So those are not good broodie's.
  7. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    My Silkie is a FABULOUS broody. She sat on shipped eggs for 3 weeks, IN the coop, in a nest box, in 90 degree temperatures (and insane humidity!) and I never even saw her pant once while all the other girls were panting like dogs. She let me candle the eggs without so much as a bristle. She endured many a fellow hen laying eggs in the nest while she was in it with no complaints.
    She only hatched out one chick (b/c I gave her the porous and detached-air-cell eggs) and she accepted one of the chicks that I hatched in the bator as if it were her own.

    I highly recommend a Silkie for brooding (not so much for egg laying. She's a year old and has never laid an egg yet!).
  8. SilkiesAndSuch

    SilkiesAndSuch Silkie Daddy

    Jan 27, 2010
    I ABSOLUTELY recommend silkies for brooding your eggs. They are so sweet and diligent in their duties, not to mention loving and caring towards their babies, whether the chick is a chicken, quail, or turkey.
  9. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Quote:[​IMG] Another recommendation for silkies as broodies!
  10. I have 3 laying silkie hens right now, of those 3 two went broody - one started in june the other started in July. Snowball my white sat on 6 silkie eggs from the 3 of them, and dutifully sat on them through heat, rain, etc (in the coop) and hatched out 4 beautiful healthy chicks and is the most dutiful mother to them now @ 3 weeks old. Taffy my pale buff hen went broody right about 4th of July so I ordered some Mille Fleur eggs for her to sit on, and of 11 shipped eggs she hatched 9 but only 8 survived. She hatched them out Tuesday, (3 days early!!!) and she had to endure 100+ temps, crazy humidity, etc. and like someone else said - she didn't never pant or anything. Both my silkie girls were good with letting me check eggs, move them, candle the eggs, ect...Until they started to hatch, once the babies started hatching and now - when babies are under them - hah my hand gets pinched and peck. They are GREAT mamas. Taffy just took her brood of 8 out for the first time this AM when I opened the coop up and let them out to free range. So very cute!

    Silkies and cochins are the best broodies, and I highly suggest if your not interested in breeding them, atleast get you a couple hens to brood other eggs.

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