Sister brooders/Co-brooding

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by David Normandy, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. David Normandy

    David Normandy Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2014
    Hello! I have two silkies who are from the same brood and are very close. Four months ago they both hatched chicks at the same time and raised them together. They are really funny about their chicks and stayed with them until they were quite old, however one of them finally let her nearly full grown chicks go and started brooding again, I got her 10 eggs and they're due Friday/Saturday. But now the other silkie has gone broodie for several days and I'm wondering if I can't give her some of the other hens eggs OR just put her in the broodie cage with her sister and see if they just co-parent. I don't want to start another batch of chicks so late in the year. Any advice?
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Keep the hens separate if practical. Silkies are outside my usual expereince and appear to get along better in such unnatural groups but separation gives more control and likely more chicks to survive.

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