Even though these were old posts I found them looking for this info because I am nervous I am having the same problem. I have a silkie first time brooding over 6 Swedish Flower Hen eggs. The breeder has a 100% hatch rate this year from her 3 hens & one rooster so I'll be sad if we are the ones to mess that up! None of the eggs have broken, she has been very dutiful & careful. This was day 21 and I have to go somewhere I can't get out of tomorrow so am really bummed right now & concerned because we did it backwards & didn't move her before giving her eggs so want to move her as soon as they hatch as she is still in with the flock's coop & would prefer her to have a safer place to raise them.
Any advice on moving her if they hatch &/or moving her with new chicks I buy if they don't hatch. I want to reward her diligence as she tolerated being sat on every day by her brahma buddy who insisted on laying her own egg in the same nesting box everyday, even after the silkie changed boxes & I had to move her eggs (I was there when she changed so, no, they weren't left too long).