Could her eggs still be fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TimBaumann, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. TimBaumann

    TimBaumann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ten days ago I got my first two silkie hens! I will use these hens to hatch quail eggs and to create some interesting silkie mixes! They have laid 3 eggs in the past 2-3 days. Today my small bantam hen went broody on 5 eggs. This is her second time being broody and sadly her last chicks got eaten by rats just hours after they hatched and she was very distressed, screaming and flying up on the wall and screaming more! It was very sad! Now she's broody again and I decided to put the three silkie eggs under her in hope that she'LL hatch pure silkie chicks! What do you think the chances are that these eggs are fertile? The silkies are just above 20 weeks old because they have only started laying recently!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If the hens were in with a rooster, there is a high probability that the eggs will still be fertile. Ten days is not begining to push the time period that a hen can retain sperm.
     
  3. TimBaumann

    TimBaumann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great! She is still sitting on her eggs nicely so hopefully I'll have some chicks in a few weeks!
     

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