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anything different for hatching silkies?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jcskowronek, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. jcskowronek

    jcskowronek Out Of The Brooder

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    i decided i want to start with hatching silkies, partly because 1 of my 4 is a rooster, and i would love to be able to use eggs from my chickens. is there anything special i have to do to hatch bantams/silkies, or is it the same as other chickens?

    thanks
    julia
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Basically, it's all the same. I did find with the silkie eggs I hatched 6 weeks ago (that were shipped) I had to run my humidity a little higher than I normally do because the low humidity incubation I generally run was too low as these eggs were real small and loosing moisture faster so the air cells were growing faster. Bantams breeds are known to hatch a day or two earlier, but that does not necessarily mean that they will, just that it's not uncommon.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Odd, I'm the opposite. I have to run my Silkies eggs as dry as possible (unless they're porous, I try not to set those). When I can't get the humidity lower than 45%, I end up with a lot of DIS chicks :/

    OP- I'd just incubate them as you normally would. If you've already got things tweaked and its working, stick with it! Best of luck!
     
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  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    These were little. I think they were smaller than the black Japanese bantams I hatched last year. I have 4 pet quality silkies (non bearded) that lay a medium size egg, but these were shipped eggs from @RubyNala97 and she does such an awesome job storing and packing that when they got here the air cells were so small some I couldn't even see. So I started them at the 30% I normally incubate at. But within the first week the air cells were growing too quickly. (I always monitor my air cells, especially with a new source of eggs.) She said that she incubated hers 40-50% and sure as heck, that's where I ended up incubating between and let me tell you, even though I was reading the air cells, it was the most uncomfortable thing because I always hatch around 30%. But I had 14 go into lockdown and 12 come out healthy and happy. Her birds are beautiful and bearded. I just love them and the chicks are looking very promising. My avatar pic is one of the chicks. (And these were not porous at all.)
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

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    Gotcha. Probably size. My Silkies eggs are fairly large, bigger than one might expect them to be. Love the avatar, Ruby does have lovely birds :)
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    My pet quality stock is fairly good sized too. I never understood when people talked about silkie eggs being small....I was surprised when I unboxed these little things....lol
     

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