egg thief-wants to be a mamma

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LyonFuzz, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. LyonFuzz

    LyonFuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 1 yr old silkie hen stopped laying eggs consistently and is now stealing the eggs from our new mille fleur hen for herself. The mille is new and was kept with roosters. My questions is this.....how long will her eggs be fertile after being removed from the roosters? Should I let the silkie adopt these eggs as her own and allow her to continue sitting on them? Thanks for any input as we are pretty new at this and learning as we go:)

    Karen
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    the hen will stay fertile or should i say the eggs 2 to 3 weeks after being taken from the rooster.
     
  3. FLchook

    FLchook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A silkie would hatch an ostrich egg if she could [​IMG] If you want the babies, let her sit on them. Its so much fun watching a mamma raise her babies, and silkies do make the best mammas!!
     
  4. LyonFuzz

    LyonFuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I'm going to let her do just that....sit and hatch those babies. Anything special I should do for them?
     

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