My broody hatched some Easter chicks for us! EE/ Silkie crosses

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FarmerVal, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. FarmerVal

    FarmerVal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My white silkie broody just hatched some Easter chicks for us! The chicks weren't her own, but were from our Easter Eggers and black Silkie rooster. At first I was afraid of how goofy these chicks might look, but so far they are adorable and closely remsemble EE chicks with furry feet.

    My silkie is still broody and sitting on two eggs. I'm not sure how much longer they have to hatch since she is an egg stealer. I tried my best to make sure to catch any new eggs that she took to sit on, but a couple of times she got away with hiding them. Is it OK to leave the two chicks that already hatched in there with her while she is still sitting on those eggs? Or should I bring the chicks inside to a brooder?

    Also, has anyone had a similar cross? I'm interested to know what these guys will look like. I'm hoping they look more EEish. [​IMG]

    Here are some pictures of our new little Easter babies! [​IMG]

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  2. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't answer any of your questions but super cute pics! Both human and chicken babies are adorable.
     
  3. FarmerVal

    FarmerVal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They sure are! We've hatched quite a few chicks these past few months in our incubator and they are still so excited and amazed each time! Makes for some really cute pictures too [​IMG]
     
  4. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She will sit for only another day or so, if the eggs don't hatch by then she will leave the nest with the chicks that did hatch. Those are some cute chicks can't wait to see how they feather out.
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I hatched silkie x ee babies last year. They looked like regular ees with small crests, feathered legs and big beards and muffs. My silkie roo and ee hens have beards and muffs, not sure about yours...They were very good looking birds, and they were the first to go at sale time. Good luck!
     
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yep, she will act mama and still sit until the eggs are finished hatching so leave her be. She will know when her hatch is finished and quit sitting.

    Congrats on your Easter chicks! [​IMG] It looks like they are well loved! [​IMG]
     
  7. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are adorable! You can leave the babies under momma with the remaining eggs, she will likely continue to sit until they all hatch. You can put some water and chick feed in with them so that the babies can eat, once they are moving around a bit you can dip their beaks in the water and food.
     
  8. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Super cute pics!!
     

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