Silkies hatching and raising...

CCourson05

Popping like kettle corn...
9 Years
Jan 5, 2011
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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....
 

<3ChickenForever

Fire Is Catching
8 Years
Feb 20, 2011
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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.
 

CCourson05

Popping like kettle corn...
9 Years
Jan 5, 2011
1,497
8
141
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.
 

<3ChickenForever

Fire Is Catching
8 Years
Feb 20, 2011
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Yep, the hens will take care of them.
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BlakesFarm

Songster
9 Years
Jan 6, 2011
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Upstate SC
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.
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