broody hen question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by danaalex, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. danaalex

    danaalex Out Of The Brooder

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    i have eggs under a broody silkie. today should be hatch day, however i'm not expecting them to 100% hatch. it's been cold, she stayed off of them one night because she sat on someone else's eggs, etc. so, my question is, how many extra days should i wait? i was thinking three. i have chicks that i would like to stick with her regardless of these eggs hatching. so i don't want to wait too too long, but don't' want to jump the gun and then have her give up.

    thanks!
     
  2. runsw/scissors

    runsw/scissors Chillin' With My Peeps

    3 should be fine. have you tried candling them?
     
  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a broody sit on eggs on and off for 26 days before they hatched, so three days extra might not be enough!
     
  4. danaalex

    danaalex Out Of The Brooder

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    i did candle them awhile ago. but, not since. i gave them a once over today while she was off, but didn't have anything out with them to candle them and i think she'd be really angry if i took them back to the house with me, LOL! i might tomorrow. they were growing and doing well last time i checked ( and i forget when that was). my concern is only that extended period of time she wasn't on them and the low temps. i figured a couple extra days would be needed. i guess i'll go as long as 6 days. can't hurt at this point. :)

    thank you!
     
  5. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    If she got off, then hatch isn't any time today. They go into lockdown like we do with our incubators.

    I'd give her at least 3 days, since you never know when they eggs were set and such. Plus the cold slows them down.
     

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