So, a few weeks ago I bought a couple of older silkies (salt & pepper) at the swap meet, planning on using them to raise chicks. Neither seemed to be as broody or inclined to set the way I remembered them to do when I was a kid. Well, a couple of days ago Pepper went broody on one egg. Couldn't get her off the nest. Atwoods was still selling chicks, so I came up with an idea. After she sat for just one day, I bought five chicks, and replaced them for her one egg after night fell. This little hen is doing great now, although she did seem to have some stress the next day. She was like- dern- where'd my egg go, and what are these things crawling all over me. By the second day, though, she was a bona fide mama. She is sure something to see. I'm amazed at the mothering instinct these silkies have, and I lament that most of our modern breeds have had the broodiness bred out of them. Although I grew up raising silkies, years an years ago, I really don't like feather footed birds. I know there is probably a thread out there already, but can anyone suggest a clean legged bird for broodiness. I've heard orpingtons are good. Also, and it makes sense, but do you think a hen is a better mother if she was actually raised by another hen, or does it matter?