I few weeks ago I put some Ixworth eggs underneath a Silkie and a Pekin-Hybrid cross. A week ago (how time flies – but there is loads going on here at present) they started to hatch out. The Silkie hatched out one and the Pekin-Hybrid Cross five chicks. The other eggs weren’t fertile.
The Pekin-Hybrid didn’t seem too interested in the chicks and was pomming about so I decided to put them all with the Silkie in a new coop. She gathered them under her wing and kept them safe and warm.
In the past week she has been teaching them how to drink
how to eat
The chicks are obviously utterly adorable and I have to check that they are fine every now and again by picking them up and gently rubbing their yellow fluffiness on my face – don’t laugh, this is the industry standard way of checking on chicks – no really …..
We have more coming in the next few days. This Silkie has been sitting for ages and the eggs are due to hatch – as are the ones in the incubator and quite possibly the turkey eggs as well.
N.B. I Put a new batch of Ixworth eggs in the coop and brought over another broody Silkie to sit on them, but the Pekin-Hybrid chased her off and is now sitting again – I hope she will be OK and has the energy to do it again.