Silkie broody, can she brood 22 chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bauerdog, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched out 22 chicks in my brinsea yesterday. My Silkie has been broody for over a month. I think she will take chicks, but should I just give her all of them? Do you just tuck them in overnight and walk away? I have her in a smaller enclosure within the main coop. There are 20 adults there. It was just under 90 today, so it should be plenty warm in there. What do you guys think?
     
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  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi
    I would not give her all the chicks for 2 reasons
    1.she may not take the chicks and she might kill them
    2.she would not be able to cover them all and keep them all warm
    the max I would give her would be 8-10 chicks

    I have recently given a hen a chick and she took it without any problems
    and I have also done this with many other broodys too

    You put the chicks under the hens wings during the night when the hen is asleep
    don't put the hen out with the other hens until the chicks are 8 weeks old and are
    ready to be weaned off the hen

    when the chicks are weaned off the hen put the chicks into a separate run to the older hens and put the broody back into the main run
    goodluck
    Fionn
     
  3. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the response. I was worried that 22 might be pushing it. The last time she went broody she only hatched one chick so I didn't have a real handle on her capacity in the numbers department. She was an excellent mother last time. She didn't wean her chick until at least 10 weeks.
     
  4. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok
    That's good
    I hope she takes to the chicks
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    If you give her that many, I'd supply a heat lamp for some extra heat. She wont be able to cover them all as tiny babies, and she'll be less able to cover them as they grow. My Silkies can accommodate around 8-10 bantam chicks, or 5-6 standard sized chicks.
     
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