Broody on eggs, hatch may be finished ???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jossanne, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I've got 8 out of 12 silkie eggs hatched. Today was day 21. They started yesterday morning, and the last two hatched this afternoon. There are 4 eggs left under mama, and she's sitting tight. I've taken all the babies out and put them in a brooder, because I've got outdoor cats that are a threat to their safety.

    So the question is, how long do I wait for the last few eggs to hatch? At what point do I take mama off the nest and try to get her back into normal life?
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'd leave her on them for a few more days as long as they don't stink or smell rotten.
     

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