I want a broody breed for hatching eggs next year. I've got some 1 month old guineas and will raise the chickens and guineas together later.....got goslings and duckings due to arrive in 2 weeks... OK, so...I've used silkies in the past and they did great. Raised some bantam cochins last year, but a bobcat got to them before I could figure out what was going on, and before I could try them out. It seemed when full grown, the bantam cochins were a little smaller than the silkies??? I've not had standard cochins ever. I'm leaning toward those silkies!!! Help! I plan on ordering 25 chicks , and using them to hatch the guinea eggs and their own, of course. Will a bantam breed hatch a duck egg or 3? The geese can do their own. I mainly want to keep babies hatching to add and/or replace what I might lose over a years time, and sell the rest or give them away to family.