Can We Add Silkie Egg To Duck Eggs In Bator?!??!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kysilkies, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of our babies just had their first egg and we only have one bator which happens to have Khaki Campbell Duck eggs which are on day 12...Can we add this silkie egg?!?!...It was just laid today and nobody was laying on it(we're new, our oldest are 6mths old)... [​IMG]
     
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  2. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    you probably could, but when they hatch you will not want to keep a lone silkie with ducks, the ducks will probably squash the small chick.
     
  3. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the info...

    We've raised a single before(not by choice, sole survivor of a batch of 8 eggs), we're prepared once it's born...We'd prefer to have more and maybe over the next day or so one of the other 4 will kick one out...We're a lil excited at the moment...LOL
     
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  4. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    too bad you didn't have another incubator, you could save the eggs for a few days and then set them? I have added chicken eggs to guinea eggs that were set, after waiting a week, and had a pretty good hatch. we have even thrown in an egg or 2 the next day or so and it was fine. maybe you can put some kind of divider in your incubator to keep the separate while they are hatching?
     
  5. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you have silkys you can just leave the egg and let her sit on it no bator needed and she will take care off the baby
     
  6. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should one of them be sitting on it now?...We thought about leaving it in there this evening to see who attends to it, we were concerned that none of the 5 hens was paying it any attention, we can't even tell who's it is...

    It's in the upper 30;s lower 40;s in the coop at night...Thoughts!??!??!...
     
  7. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    Quote:if it is the first egg she may not be ready to go broody, I wouldn't take the chance, unless you see one setting on the nest going broody, you also have to take the time of year in consideration, being closer to winter, the babies might not survive unless they were in the house or a heated coop.
     
  8. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just because they are silkies doesn't mean they will be broody--especially immediately, so I wouldn't try that if you want to try to get the chick. I'd go with the incubator as the best bet.

    Usually a broody will save up a clutch before she sets, so it's possible one still intends on it, but if this is the first egg ever, I would tend to doubt it.
     
  9. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We thank you all for the advise, we're bringing it in!...It's our first grand-baby and we want to give it the best chance!...
     
  10. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Las Vegas
    grats on the new eggs!!!!!
    YaY!!!!!!

    you can incubate them together, but you need to have plans for seperate lockdowns....
    ducks need higher humidity at hatch than chickens...

    i have a styrofoam ice chest that i attempted to make an incubator in when i tried to save some peacock eggs this summer.. i'm using htat as a hatcher on my staggered hatch.. when each batch is ready to go on lockdown i'll move it to that so i can keep opening the LG bator to turn what's in there...

    when are your duck eggs due to hatch?? could always save your silky eggs and start them one the ducks are done?? i have eggs developing in my bator that were 2 weeks old when they went in...
     

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