egglaying

kellycoop

Hatching
10 Years
May 29, 2009
6
0
7
Wilmington,NC
I have a bantam that has just started to lay. She has 6 eggs but I have not seen her sit on them. She will turn the eggs but will not sit on them for very long. I am new at this, should I remove them and place them in my incubator or let nature take its course? She started Oct 1 laying her eggs. Also how long should I wait to see if I have a chick? Thanks for your help!
 

joedie

Songster
10 Years
Mar 17, 2009
1,492
11
161
SW Indiana
She won't sit on them unless she's broody and they won't hatch unless she's sitting on them. I'd put them in a bator if you want to hatch chicks.
 

kellycoop

Hatching
10 Years
May 29, 2009
6
0
7
Wilmington,NC
Thank you, she has 6 eggs do you think I have waited to long the first egg was laid oct 1. I feel bad taking them away, if she is not broody then she does not care right? I am very new this will be my first time hatching eggs. My silkie I thought was a hen is a roo. So any advise will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Kelly
 

joedie

Songster
10 Years
Mar 17, 2009
1,492
11
161
SW Indiana
Kelly, She's not going to hatch them if she's not sitting on them all the time. You'll know if she's broody because she won't get off the nest. So, just take the eggs away and collect them when she lays them. Don't feel bad about it. She's just making your breakfast for you.
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rhoda_bruce

Songster
10 Years
Aug 19, 2009
980
14
131
Cut Off, LA
How old is the oldest egg? I have heard of people putting 10 day old eggs to set or incubate, but I usually feel safer with one week old eggs that I have turned everyday. Also if she only just started laying eggs, they might be unfurtile. In my experience a pullet will lay, but a hen will set. Age of the girl is what I mean. We want maturity here.
If I want a hen to become broody, I make sure my nesting boxes has a few wooden eggs to fool her. Not only will the hens lay near other eggs by choice, but the broody types will start setting on them.
There will be no mistaking a broody hen. A hen laying an egg, will allow you to move her to check for eggs, but a broody hen will fluff up her feathers and make strange threatning noises to fuss at you for interfering with her work. She might even peck you if you aren't fast enough in the way you restrain her....you might grab her fast enough and still get pecked with a hen that has a long neck.
Bring in your eggs and start keeping track of which egg is oldest. You can date each egg with a permanant marker. Keep the eggs at a cool place, but not the refrigerator and turn them everyday a few times. It is easier to just keep them in a carton and turn the carton. After your eggs are over a week, and no sign of broodiness, just put in the refrigerator and eat, and continue picking up and marking them.
May as well tell you that once a hen starts setting, all the others will notice and they will want her to set their eggs. Her nest will quickly become the most popular and you will have to go every afternoon and pick up a possibly upset hen and remove the unmarked eggs, unless you can close her into a brooder alone. This will be a necessity. If you don't, you will have some chicks hatch at 21 days....give or take depending on the chick size and some die in the shell when she gives up on them and leaves with the first hatched. She might even be hard headed and stay until everything is hatched, which is a death sentence for the first hatched.
What you probably need to do is start off with getting to know you chickens well. Bring in the eggs. Go to the library and borrow everything you can about poultry raising. Its second nature once you get into it for a while.
Good luck.
 
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