Can it take longer than 21 days to hatch under a broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pixiechic, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. pixiechic

    pixiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    Mellow, my Silkie, is on her second broody cycle (the first time she gave it up after about a week). She has one of her own eggs under her and two green EE eggs. She made her own nest in the coop and sat on it patiently, but after a couple of weeks I was concerned about the other chickens messing with the eggs, so we brought her inside. She's now in a dog crate in the garage, with a nice nest box inside. She is still sitting contentedly, and gets up once or twice a day to eat and poop.

    We didn't make a note of the exact day she started sitting, but we are pretty sure this is the end of the third week. I expect Mellow's own little silkie egg will hatch first, since the others came from another hen. Should I be worried if they don't hatch today or tomorrow? I candled the eggs around day 10, and the EE eggs are almost impossible to see anything in, but they were definitely darker along one side. I could take another look, but I don't want to disturb them too much. Thoughts?
  2. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    St. Augustine, Florida
    No, and yes to the over 21 days?. She is getting up and walking around it is possible for the eggs to be a bit late. Goodluck, -Jay
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2009
  3. bradybrady09

    bradybrady09 BANNED

    Mar 19, 2009
    i wouldnt worrie i had a white silkie just hatch out after 24 days

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