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

    Mar 25, 2008
    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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