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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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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