Incubator or silkie

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Goneloopychooks, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. Goneloopychooks

    Goneloopychooks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys I was wondering,I do not have the time to check humidity,temperature and progress of the eggs but the kids still want to have day old chicks.
    My twelve year old came up with a solution, that she said could work for us.
    She said"We could get a silkie they have excellent mothering skills,frequently broody and plus are top children pets"
    Is this right, and would the silkie be able to live on her own why she hatches the babies as we would have no other chooks until the chicks hatch.
    Or do we need two silkie's?
    cheers[​IMG]
    Brittany[​IMG]
     
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  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get an incubator if you plan on hatching down the road. Just because silkies are known to be broody doesn't mean that they will. But what's stopping you from just getting some anyways? I personally would go incubator.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I have both, and I use both [​IMG]
    And Twistedfeather is right, not all Silkie hens go broody. Not too mention, hens don't seem to want to be broody when you need them to be. Good luck!
     
  4. Goneloopychooks

    Goneloopychooks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice, as i listed i just do not have the time to check humidity,temperature and progress of the eggs.
    [​IMG]I have read online and in books that leaving eggs over night in a hen house encourages broodiness.
    thank you for time and advice
    cheers
    Brittany[​IMG]
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  5. Goneloopychooks

    Goneloopychooks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you
    I'd prefer to use a hen then a man made invention, but thank you for the advice.

    cheers
    Brittany
    [​IMG]
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'd say go with the broody. That way she'll not only brood the eggs, but raise the chicks for you! Your kids will learn so much from watching momma hen care for her babies.

    Just be aware you'll get 50% cockerels, and you'll need to have a plan for what to do with them.
     
  7. Goneloopychooks

    Goneloopychooks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, I know I will get a ratio of 5 out of 10 will be cockerels, but yes I will give them away to a lady I know
    Thank you for the advice it was helpful.[​IMG]
    cheers [​IMG]
    Brittany [​IMG]
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Oh, and kudos to your daughter for presenting such a well thought-out argument [​IMG]
     
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  9. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    x2!!!!
     
  10. Goneloopychooks

    Goneloopychooks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, guys she will really appreciate it.[​IMG]
     

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