Originally Posted by TurkenMomma
So I am down to Day 4 counting down... so 2 days until lockdown. And now I'm in that obsessive state where I think the eggs have wiggled, but wait, is it because they wiggled? Or because I've been staring at them for so long my eyes are crossing? Will I actually see them wiggle?
In other news, I set up my brooder today! I am so excited! I just hope that my two eggs hatch to keep each other company. I use two plastic kiddie pools bolted together (inverted) with an EcoGlow heater in it.
A question- one of my Silkies has gone super broody. Has anyone tried introducing a incubated chick to a broody hen? Would she "adopt" it? I'm just worried that if only one egg hatches, it will be really lonely. I thought I could try to get my hen to take it in? Thoughts?
I've never seen an egg wiggle until after it had pipped, but I have always incubated 40+ eggs so its easy to miss a little wiggle. I'd suggest you stop looking for wiggles and keep looking for pips. Pips are way more exciting because it means a live chick strong enough to break its shell. The down-side of the pip is that it could be 12 hours or even more before it starts to zip...but that's at least where you can strain your eyes staring...;-]
As far as the broody goes, there's no harm in trying, just be prepared to watch for at least 30 minutes, and then check in frequently afterwards. She may not reject immediately, but she also may not pull the chick back if it decides to wander. If the chick goes for a stroll and doesn't know where to go back to, the hen would normally coral it back to the brood...she may not as she may be more concerned with the eggs.
That being said, it took no time for my day olds to realize the warmth of my Premier 1 brooder plates, nobody goes and corals them back, when they get cold they just duck under. Instincts are amazing, even in things with such small brains.