Is it ok to let a broody hatch and raise show stock?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ducksarecool12, May 23, 2011.

  1. ducksarecool12

    ducksarecool12 Songster

    Jul 27, 2010
    Im getting 6 silkie eggs to hatch to show and i have 2 broody silkies and was wondering if i could let them hatch and raise the chicks? If so, when do i take the chicks from momma? thanks
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    First, with eggs, there is no guarantee that any chicks that might hatch will be show quality. Second, you should not show a bird younger than 6 months (at minimum--8 to 10 months minimum is better). Mama hens genderally kick their chicks out at 6 to 8 weeks, so you can certainly let her raise them as long as she will.

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