Should I be keeping the mother and other chickens apart?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kellysmall87, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, I have a broody silkie. She's sitting on two eggs. (rejected two, just so she had two to sit on - ideas on why she did this?) I also have two more silkies - young ones, who think that Gloria (my hen sitting on two eggs) is their mother. The two silkies, one rooster and one hen, sit on Gloria at nighttime. I'm worried that when the time comes for her eggs to hatch, that the two other silkies will squash the chicks or hurt them. Ideas? Should they be separated? It's such a shame if they should be as the twins (two young silkies) love Gloria.

    Cheers, Kelly.
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Oh that's a doozy..

    I would separate them.. At least for a little while.

    My broodies reject the older chicks after a while. How old are they?

    Oh and the egg thing, she probably knew they were no good.
  3. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd say they're about 19 weeks old now. I'll try the twins in the other coup tonight, but they wont be happy about it. lol! Thanks for the reply. [​IMG]

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