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


In the Brooder
8 Years
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 ?
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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!
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.

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