I have only hatched with incubator and decided to see what would happen with my broody silkie, I hatched her last November, she ended up with about a dozen eggs with some from her sisters. sometimes two hens shared the nest to keep them all warm. They hatched one chick on Friday, and two on Sunday, two yellow/white and one dark grey/black ! I can hardly believe the amount of excitment in my house over this. They have thier own playhouse/coop. The 5 silkies have thier own fenced area15x15ft. I put a chick waterer and starter food in the playhouse, on Sunday, the buff silkie was teaching the oldest chick to scratch and eat. I wonder who the other chicks will think thier mother is? the buff or the black silkie? the chicks now switch from under one hen to the other. I will try to get some photos up later today.