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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FarmerBoy24, May 1, 2011.
Congratulations, how adorable
I've done it in the past and personally I would do no longer than 3 or 4 days. Reason I've found is because the mum won't get up and move around much until all the chicks have hatched. One time I had a chick hatch on day 20 and the other 2 eggs weren't due for another 5 days, so the first chick wasn't being shown all the things that mum shows them in the first few days because she was waiting for the other eggs. All turned out perfectly fine but I wouldn't do any longer than you're suggesting. Another time 2 chicks hatched and all the chirping must have encouraged the other eggs who hatched 3 days early
So sweet! Only 17 more days....only 17 more days......
My broodies! Feta, the white Silkie in the back is on day 17 on her clutch and Lucy decided to join her 2 days ago. If they aren't the picture of broodiness I don't know what is!! Lol!
Well, I have my Silkie 5 of her own eggs this morning, my 1st broody, so I could see how she does. Thought that may be too many, but looks like I coulda gave her more!! May add a few of my young Buff eggs, they aren't very big either. Idk how many she can handle. :/
My silkie can sit on 8 large fowl eggs... as long as they aren't extra larges. She is great with 6 of about any size. I worry less about it during warmer weather, when really cold (during her winter hatches) I make sure no eggs are too far out around any edges.
Thanks. I'll give her just a few more. She gets up twice a day, but only for like 10-15 min each. The eggs I gave her came from my bator and are due to hatch in a week!!! Never had a broody before, so I'm super excited to watch her raise some babies, & the eggs she is on now, those babies are already sold! So she needs a few she can keep. Lol
Can't wait to see that here!!! Got a Silkie hatching in 1 week, & a turkey sitting on 17 eggs due the following week!!
Day 20 and 3 eggs have hatched! Here's a pic. I'm so excited!
Betty and her first born
There's nothing like watching a momma with her babies