Two Moms March 14, 2012
Silkie hens want to be moms. That’s just about it for Silkie hens. They live for it. If they aren’t raising chicks, they are brooding eggs or thinking about raising chicks or brooding eggs. I have the feeling that they talk about it amongst themselves when we’re not around. So when my little White Silkie ‘Cloud’ went broody, it was of no surprise to me. Same when my second Silkie hen ‘Snow’ went broody about a week later. It was, however, a bit unusual that they decided to sit on the same clutch of eggs.
It was rather amusing to watch two little white hens sitting in the same nest box day after day. They would take turns going out to get something to eat or drink, which is a luxury most broody hens don’t enjoy. So when it became apparent that the eggs they were sitting on were probably not fertile and were never going to hatch, I just couldn’t bring myself to break their little hearts. So I got three little chicks from a neighbor and in the dead of night placed the chicks under the hens and snatched their eggs.
You could hear the excitement in their voices and see it in their actions as the two hens discovered the chicks, and took to the task of raising the three little ones. In their zeal to be moms they overlooked the fact that the chicks were already a couple of weeks old and didn’t even remotely look like Silkies (one being an Easter Egger and the other two Barred Plymouth Rocks). The chicks were delighted to have not just one mom but two!
They go about the job of raising chicks as though they were only one hen, both teaching the chicks where to find food and water, the joy of finding a fat bug and calling to them when they wander a bit too far away. The chicks snuggle under both hens to keep warm and there is absolutely no conflict amongst them. Cloud and Snow are happier than they ever have been and the chicks love their adopted moms, both of them.