will my broody silkie take in my new baby chics???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wnthunting, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. wnthunting

    wnthunting In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2011
    I just got 6 baby chics two days ago. And today one of my silkies decided to start setting on a hand full of eggs that we left in the coop for a few days. I would let her set on them and hatch them but I don't think our rooster is fertalizing the eggs... at least I don't see him. Soooo... I was wondering if I was to take the 6 baby chics out of the brooder and slip them under my silkie at night will she take them as if they were hers? Or does that only work if the hen has been sitting for a while ?
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2011
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Silkies are notoriously fabulous mothers. You could try to slip the chicks under her, but do it at night and check on her a few times to make sure she accepts them.

    Good luck!
  3. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I agree. Give it a shot. My broody has done it before, but she was broody a bit longer. The chicks usually also have tto be only a day or two old.
  4. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

    May 6, 2009
    Vail, Arizona
    Quote:Not necessarily, my broody accepted three-week olds, no problems.
  5. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I'm sayiing usually. I'm sure there are cases in any direction, but silkies are notorious for breaking the molds.

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