Ok, so I got lazy and didn't collect eggs for a few days. It's not the first time. But, Now I have 4 eggs that have chicks growing in them. I have one bantam silkie roo - and he's never been able to manage to accomplish anything with the big girls before, (not even his own little group of silkie girls !) so I didn't think too much of not collecting eggs. I've always candled prior to collecting (well, actually, I just toss them in the woods for the critters) when it's been a few days just to be sure, though (and out of curiosity) - and never a speck of anything.
Soooooo .... now I have a slight problem. 1 - I'm not sure how old the eggs are - I think around day 7/8 but not positive. Saw 3 out of the 4 embryos moving around last night. But - it's hard to see b/c they are all green eggs from my LF easter egger. One is fairly dark and looks farther along than 8 days (closer to 10), but like I said, they're hard to see through with the dark shells.
I'm also going on vacation Friday and won't be back until the 11th ... Think I'll be OK ? I just don't want them to hatch while I'm gone. I need to get some chick food - and will have to be sure they make it back into the coop at night. Don't want any left behind outside. My chicks in the past (before i had my roo - bought chicks/fertile eggs) have always taken a couple of weeks to learn how to get up the ramp into the coop. (it's elevated).
Also, I'm going to take a guess that in the 9 days I'm gone, I'll likely have a few more chicks on the way.
So, I guess what I'm asking is - what is your guess on the age of the eggs ? I think it was about 3/4 days that I hadn't collected eggs. And last night I def. saw movement. That has been another 3 nights. Does day 7/8 sound about right based on seeing movement ? (taking into account that I may have missed a few eggs the last time I collected, and that they have been incubated since day one b/c I have 4 broody hens right now - 3 silkies and 1 Buff Orp that will peck HARD when I try to collect from her - I have to hold her head w/one hand and slip under wtih my other LOL) that means I should have hatching around the 14th. Yes?
Should be interesting to see what a BBS bantam silkie roo x LF easter egger will look like. I hope they are hens, but my luck they'll all be roos, and I won't be able to keep them. The one guy I have now is trained fairly well. He's quiet in the morning until I open the coop door around 8am.
Anyway, lesson learned ! No more being lazy LOL :)