Will my Silkie adopt chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickAficianado, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. ChickAficianado

    ChickAficianado Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Silkie's first and only chick (from a fertilized paint Silkie egg I bought) is about six weeks old, and Momma Puff is broody again. I know that a Silkie will adopt day old chicks when her eggs are hatching. ...is she smart enough to know when her eggs are suppose to hatch? Would she accept new chicks now?
     
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  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    There is no way to guess with 100% accuracy. Hens do seem to have some sense of the "correct" amount of time it takes to hatch, so some hens will reject a chick that is introduced to them too soon. Others are so determined to be Mamas that they don't care how long they have been sitting and will adopt a chick at almost any time. That she is a silkie certainly goes in your favor as silkies are often good mamas but it is no guarantee.

    If you were going to try introducing this chick, I would do it well after dark, and then be there at first light to see how things are going once Mama realizes there is a live chick under her.
     

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