Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
You can, most people aren't comfortable setting more than a week or 10 day old tops. The older the egg (especially past 2 weeks) the lower the hatch rate.
So worst thing is that the older eggs won't develop or will develop but won't hatch?
Originally Posted by kwhites634
Maybe open a couple, just to check?
Each one is so precious...lol.
Originally Posted by lazy gardener
Ruby, how many eggs are you collecting/week right now? Would you be hatching eggs from all of your girls, or do you want to hatch eggs from specific girls? How many chicks do you actually want to hatch? What has been your hatching % in past hatches? Answer these ?'s and it will help you to decide when to start collecting eggs. You could always collect a week's worth of eggs, and then as you collect eggs after that, you could then start to eat the oldest eggs. That way, when you reach set date, you'll have your freshest eggs already collected. When I collect for hatching, I like to put the date laid on the top.
Thanks for this info. The thing is...I only have 2 silkies laying right now! So I'm only getting about 4 eggs a week!! I have 4 eggs right now and was thinking if I got another 8 by the 11th, I could set a dozen. I've never tried to hatch these eggs before. All my others are to young and not laying yet or just starting. I really don't want any chicks but I've had a lot of inquiries through a CL ad I put up for a cockerel. No one wants the cockerel but has asked for chicks, pullets and fertile eggs. So this would just be a sorta test run and I may keep the best 2-3 chicks and try to sell the rest. Im just playing around with the idea of setting again and found an excuse when I saw the annual NYD Hal!
Originally Posted by scflock
This is straight on, but a month ago. He's filled out a lot since then
This is the closest thing I have to a rear shot, and technically this is a totally different rooster. I'm really just posting here so RubyNala can see them. She never calls any more
I know! I'm sorry! Honestly, I haven't been on byc much. I'm taking an online "class" on the sop for silkies and I've been studying up big time so I can start a spring breeding project. Good luck on the hatch. I promise I will stop in and see how it goes! Thanks for thinking of me...no hugs!