Originally Posted by wingstone
spoiler alert....spoiler alert... for those that got bantam cochin eggs from me, be prepared they are on a mission to have you stare at them all day due to the cute factor,,,,really they are small and look to be about the size of a fat quail.
I'll remember that. I candled them last night and most all have veins showing clearly.
And yesterday's hatch was 6 for 6!
None of the silkie eggs developed at all, but every egg that was not clear made it all the way out. I never had such a good percentage. I really hate to see chicks not make it out of the egg after developing all the way. If it never developed at all, that seems more ok to me.
Our silkies have been very disappointing this year, less than 10% develop at all. I wonder if the male is too old, some of the hens have ceased laying and are just enjoying their golden years. Maybe the roo is not up to the job anymore. We have a younger male, but he's pure evil most the time and even getting the eggs out of the cage can be a challenge. Silkie roos perplex me, some are as nice as can be, others seem to half vulture or something and try to draw blood at every turn. We have one of each, I want to breed from the nice one.