Abstract A genetic model of parent-offspring conflict is developed for the situation where conflictors cause the parent to redirect resources from contemporaneous siblings to themselves, by increased solicitation. It is shown that there is no restriction on the spread of genes causing such conflict if there is no direct cost associated with it. We examine the effect of imposing on the conflictors a cost of the extra solicitation when the cost is felt (a) by the individual conflictor only, and (b) by all members of the brood equally. It is shown that the Evolutionarily Stable Strategies for the two situations allow a greater degree of solicitation when its cost is borne by the whole brood. Multipaternity of broods also increases the degree of conflict.