Silkie hen raising them?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by poultrycrazy, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If i get 6 EE, barred rock, or BO chicks from TSC and give them to her will she raise them or just be mean? She hatched June 1, 2010 so not quite a yr old but close and she has been laying
     
  2. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If i was you i would try and watch her for like 2 hours and if she rejects them then put them in a brooder and raise them ur self!
     
  3. marymac

    marymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she would raise them if she is already broody and wanting to sit on eggs. She wouldn't know they weren't hatched from her own eggs then. Is she broody now? Mine usually lay about 10 eggs before they decide to go broody, then you can't change her mind!!
     
  4. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shes not broody, and has never been. Maybe ill just not get them cuz i really dont want to raise them myslef
     
  5. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    You can encourage her to go broody by placing eggs (I use golf balls) in the nest box. I did this an in a couple days my Silkie went broody [​IMG] This is good because my EE abandoned the nest. I plan on getting chicks from TSC in a couple weeks. I will slip them under her in the middle of the night.

    Keep us posted. Let us know if she goes broody [​IMG]
     
  6. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is hatchery stock, will she still go broody???? I really would like to do this but i am affraid that i will buy these and she wont take care of them and then i will be stuck doin it AGAIN!!! I really could use some good laying hens thats why i thought this would be cool, (and it would be my first broody!!!)
     
  7. Barred Rocks forever

    Barred Rocks forever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if shes broody she will raise them but you need to let her be broody for a bit before introduceing her to chicks it doesnt really matter hatchery stock or not ive hasd red sexlinks go broody and raise chicks
     
  8. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have any suggestions to helping her go broody?
     
  9. Barred Rocks forever

    Barred Rocks forever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you cant really make a bird go broody in my oppinion sorry when she does though you can order silky hatching eggs so maybe you can get more birds next time if they go broody
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  10. marymac

    marymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can wait a little while I bet she will go broody this spring. She seems to be at the right age to start going broody, and once they start going broody let her set on some golf balls like the other poster said, then find your chicks or if you can find some fertile eggs, put them under her. Silkys are one of the broodiest chickens there are. Mine are broody more times than not. They are broody crazy.
     

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