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Putting live chicks under silkie hen

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by henney penny, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to know if anyone ever put live chicks you have gotten somewhere else and put them under a silkie hen that is sitting on eggs?If you went in at night and took the eggs and replaced them with live day old chicks would she raise them as her own?Has anyone tried this?
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2010
  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Totally depends on the hen. You do know that the eggs she are on will be abandoned if she does accept the chicks, though, right?
     
  3. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I did know that,I wanted some white silkies and the ones she hatched before are the blue color and red color and black.I was thinking about ordering from McMurrey and get some diffterent breeds for her to raise,I don`t have an incubator and would rather use her as she is a great mother.
     

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