My, but Silkies are wonderful mothers!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrsfarmchick1, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. mrsfarmchick1

    mrsfarmchick1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2010
    Bandera, Texas
    So, a week ago one of my silkies hatched out an egg that I put underneath her when she went broody. I also had eggs in the incubator that would hatch yesterday (a week later).
    So tonight I moved the 5 one-day-old chicks from the brooder into an isolated hutch and then moved her & her week-old chick into it and watched to see if she would adopt them.
    She moved uneasily through the hutch, calling to her chick (as I awaited with bated breath). Then I could tell that she immediately was responding to the calls of the day-old chicks - she laid
    down and started grooming herself.
    I thought this was probably a comforting thing for the chicks to see that would calm them. As she continued to groom herself and call the "mommy" noise, the chicks started to gather around her.
    I left them alone and went out an hour later - and they were all secured under their new "mommy".
    Silkies are beautiful mothers!!! Someone to learn from....
  2. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep Silkies are the ultimate moms. When I had chickens a long time ago I borrowed a friend's silkie hen and put some heavy layer eggs underneath her. She hatched them out and was an awesome mom, even though after just a few days they barely fit under her. lol

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