12 eggs vs. little silkie

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shaggy, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. shaggy

    shaggy Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Orange, Texas
    found a local place to buy fertilized eggs ... put them under my silkie, who has been brrody for 3/4 of her life, and it looks like her butt just isn't big enough to completely cover them all

    i tried to reshape her nest to make it more "bowl shaped" but here and there you can see an egg protruding out from under her just a little


    also ... this is the first time i have found fertilized eggs for her to hatch
  2. josh

    josh Songster

    Mar 22, 2008
    Western Kentucky
    If she can't cover them all take some out.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Quote:Exactly. She will be moving them around all the time. Some will start to develop, get pushed out, and die. Then they will get moved back under her. others will get pushed out, then they die. You usually don't get many to hatch if she cannot cover them all.

    You could put the excess in an incubator and try to give ther the ones that hatch, but if she cannot cover them for the first week or two, you have a pretty good chance of some of them not lasting through a cold night.

    I know every egg becomes precious when it goes under a broody or in an incubator, but you will be better off just giving her what she can cover.

    Good luck!!!
  4. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    my smallest silkie can handle 6 but she thinks she can handle more...My bigger silkies can handle about 8-9 yeah 12 is way too many pull some out.
  5. shaggy

    shaggy Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Orange, Texas
    ok thanks

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