I have a question. I have 14 eggs in the bator but I'd like to put a couple under my silkie who has been broody for quite a while but I have no fertile chicken eggs for her. How many could she sit on? They are due to hatch on the 25th so I still have a bit of time to work through it all. I thought MAYBE three but most likely two. I also wondered if it would be best to keep the turkey eggs in the bator until they are closer to time to hatch to ensure viability or not. I plan to move my silkie into a brooding area tomorrow to give her time to adjust to her new surroundings and perhaps put nonfertile eggs under her just to keep her broody until I know that she is settled. No sense in wasting eggs.
So, how many eggs would you give her of turkey eggs?
Another question would it be wise to try to give more poults as they hatch?
The rule I go by when it comes to how many is how many can she cover and keep warm for at least 6 weeks. I had a tiny little OEGB who went broody but could only keep 2 LF chicks warm until they were old enough to be on their own.
Now, after she hatches, if you think she can handle more, you can introduce more to her. Best to do it at night and just slip them under. She should just take right to them.
Speaking of grafting babies... I'm getting desperate with Pebbles. She's getting skinny. She's been sitting for SO LONG and is so stubborn about it. I gave her 2 poults again today because I have a bunch and no orders at the moment. She's very happy with them but I'm going to have to supervise her really close. I need to make sure that she gets up and out of the nest. I could easily see her brooding herself to death
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