we currently have one broody black silkie sitting on some fertilised eggs, and are hoping our previously broody silkie will also become broody again so she can sit on some too.
the eggs not under the black silkie have been put in our incubator as hubby wanted them to all hatch at the same time.
Now, here is where I am concerned. we currently have a shed that we have put a divide down the middle of (a third of the height of the shed). the plan is to have one broody on each side. do we need to completely segregate them so they don't fight, steal each others eggs or harm the chicks, or should they be ok.
also, when is the latest we could safely transfer the eggs from the incubator to under the other silkie when/if she becomes broody without harming the chicks growing inside.
final question.... we will still have some eggs left in the incubator anyway. If they hatch out too, will we be able to integrate them with chicks hatched under the broody, or will we have to keep them separate incase the mum hurts them.
Phew... any advice gratefully recieved as always!!!