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PLEASE tell me how many standard sized chicks can a silkie raise?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JLS, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    My silkie has been sitting on golf balls for a couple weeks. TSC is getting chicks today or tomorrow. I plan on getting some chicks and slipping them under her after dark. How many standard sized chicks can a silkie raise?
     
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  2. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    Does anyone have any advice for me? Please?? [​IMG]
     
  3. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

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    I have read that she can only hatch around 6 or 8. So I would stick with that amount... But it could be more. I have no experience, mere speculation.
     
  4. Shiloh Acres

    Shiloh Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only set mine on 5-6 since the eggs are larger.

    I had a banty that used to raise 15 of her own chicks quite well. A bantam's ability to warm that many standard chicks might be limited. Also at TSC they might be a few days old and not hover under her like those she hatched would, at least not at first.

    If it were me, I'd probably try no more than 6-ish.
     

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