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Bad Idea to Move Eggs From Incubator to Broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by upmycreek, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. upmycreek

    upmycreek In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2011
    Hello all and thank you in advance for any help,

    I am a brand new to raising chicks from eggs so this may be a dumb question but I am going to ask anyway.

    The whole situation has been a disaster from day one... I have a very broody silkie that is determined on being a mom so I bought her a dozen eggs off of ebay. I bidded on 10 eggs and ended up getting 29 eggs, which is really awesome of the breeders, but I didn't know what to do with the extras so I immediately ran out and bought an incubator from Tractor Supply Company in hopes to try and save the remaining eggs. I stuck 10 eggs under my broody and put the remaining 19 eggs in the incubator. After 3 days of up and down temperatures and humidity, I decided to go ahead and candle them to see what was going on because I was thinking they were probably all dead... out of the 19 eggs in the incubator, 10 appear to be doing well... 8 are definitely alive with beating hearts [​IMG]

    Today one of my other silkies decided she wants to try this mom thing and has made a nest right next to my other one. Is it smart to put the eggs under her? I know if I keep the eggs in the incubator one by one they are going to die because I still can't get the temperature and humidity right.

    Also they steal each others eggs when one gets off the nest to go get some food... are they going to kill each others embryos doing this? I don't know how one silkie can cover 20 eggs, so I am concerned how to stop this behavior. It's funny when the eggs aren't alive, but now I'm worried.

    Oh and my silkies are the large kind... not bantam.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Try to erect a barrier between them so that they can't steal eggs. My experience with hens sharing a common nest is that generally it results in lowered rates of hatch. I would not move the eggs from the incubator unless you can resolve this situation. Good luck. Actually it sounds as if the incubator is doing well in spite of the environmental fluctuations. 50 % development on shipped eggs is good.

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