Silkies hatching and raising...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CCourson05, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Will all silkies reliably go broody? I just got silkies in hopes that they will hatch some eggs for me. Can I rely on them to hatch and raise them? Also, I have them in a separate enclosure, so would the 5 silkie hens and the 1 silkie rooster bother the babies...?

    Sorry if this is a double post, but I couldn't find another....
     
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    They are the most broody hens I know. So, I guess you can rely on pretty good. chances are a 7 or 8 between 1-10 on reliablity.
     
  3. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Are they good mothers? I would like to let the hen raise them after they hatch, and that would just be leaving them in the same pen as the other silkies...

    Is that a good idea, or bad idea with this breed? I hear the father will help raise them too.
     
  4. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    Yep, the hens will take care of them. [​IMG]
     
  5. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Awesome! I was kind of worried to try it and have an epic failure on my hands. Thank you.
     
  6. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    Your wlecome! Glad to help! [​IMG]
     
  7. BlakesFarm

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    What you can do to get them in the "mood" is put about 4 golf balls in a nest and show a girl the "fake eggs". When they start sitting on them take out the golf balls and insert the fertile eggs. [​IMG]
     

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