My 2 silkie hens (under a year old) hatched out some chicks together, as a team. I put another chick under them which they adopted thanks to the advice on this board. A blue birchen marans that is thriving. Also an older egg hatched in my incubator he went out with them yesterday and was accepted. But the cutest of all, the blue birchen marans fell from their nest (yes I have to get them to a safer place) and one of the moms went down and sat on him until help arrived! The other stayed with the other 4 chicks. I can't believe my luck to have such devoted moms, and TWO! Maybe this spring I will get some really rare eggs to hatch under them they'll probably do a better job than my incubators!