Day 13 Need help to make moving decision

leslihilton

Hatching
6 Years
Feb 9, 2013
8
0
7
Tri-Cities WA
Here is my Dillemma ...I purchased a Silkie Hen from a friend and it had been with a couple roosters so the first eggs were of course going to be fertile. I couldn't bring myself to eat or get rid of and by the time we had 11, my friend said bring them to her and she would put them under one of her hens since mine wasnt broody. That was 04-18-13 and only two are maturing.

Well now my silkie has been broody and sitting on 7 eggs since 04-21-13 and I don't think any are good, but could only candle so many. ANYHOW, i want to take the 7 eggs away from her and my friend said we should try to put the viable eggs that she has back under my hen. Problem is she lives 20-30 minutes away. If I used a warm rice bag, could I transport them back here and put under their mother, or would I probably kill them? Help Please
 

kellysmall87

Songster
7 Years
Apr 18, 2012
609
24
128
Wolverhampton, England. UK.
I'm no expert, but I would say it could kill them. They need stability; in both warmth, humidity and movement. A jolty ride could damage them. Maybe it wouldn't kill them all and a couple would survive. The choice is yours, good luck, and if you have to move them then just do it. Don't feel guilty if some dont make it.
 

Sphinx

Crowing
10 Years
May 10, 2010
3,224
78
271
Utah
I've transported incubating eggs before- I had them set at a school, and the school was going to be closed for a total of 9 days and I wanted access to the incubator, so I brought them home, and then back again. I've had good hatches with that. BUT, it was only about 10 minutes without power.

Personally, if I were you, I'd do it. Just make sure the rice back isn't too hot.
 

leslihilton

Hatching
6 Years
Feb 9, 2013
8
0
7
Tri-Cities WA
ok so heres another question do I heat the rice bag to just 100 or do you think 125 and then put a towel in between the eggs and the rice bag keeping them close to their temp. also should I fold it over the eggs or just have them on it or under it with towel as a padded barrier? there were only two eggs that have survived so far.
 
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laurenhill11245

In the Brooder
6 Years
May 1, 2013
70
7
43
North Yorkshire, England
I wouldn't worry too much about the warmth as hens get off the eggs most days and can leave them alone for up to four hours (I'v caught mine off the eggs before and they've left them for an hour or so and they hatched fine) however as Kelly said the ride might be a bit too rough for the little ones, although I brought 12 pheasant eggs up our field on the quad in a bucket the other day and after candling the eggs they all seem okay
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I would wrap the eggs carefully in the towel then place the towel on the rice bag main priority would be making sure the eggs don't break. Good luck!
 

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