I was going to hatch some Silkie bantams, but I realized building an incubator (or buy one, but it's approx x4 the price for what I'd get) would be a bit hard and a bit costly ($40ish, not bad, but that's $40 worth of potential coop improvements). So I had an idea, why not use a hens to brood my eggs? They seem like decent mothers. I actually put in egg in there to make sure they know where to lay eggs, and they actually took care of it by putting straw around it and making sure it's out of the way (until they ate it, but I put golfballs in, now of which they've taken care of and I never seen them pecking at them, so I'm not worried). There are two Wyandottes, two Plymouth Rocks, and two Dominiques. For the most part, would investing in about $60 worth of fertile Silkie eggs be worth it when in care of these chickens? I'm worried the broody one may decide to stop brooding half way through leaving my chicks to die inside the eggs. I'd take out the chicks shortly after the hatch and put them in the brooder, as I don't trust my hens to take care of the chicks outside, when I could make sure they're safe. But in general, is this a good idea? Too risky? They are technically pullets at the moment, and have yet to lay an egg. Of course I'd want to wait about a month after laying begins to ensure nothing goes wrong. Thanks in advanced!