eggs left alone

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by getreal, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. getreal

    getreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my silkie hen leaves her eggs for 30 - 40 minutes or so at times. is that too long for them to hatch? my other hen sat on her constantly. I'm new to hatching eggs in any way. thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    they have to leave them, to eat and drink and poop and dust bathe. You probably just haven't seen when the other one has left.
     
  3. getreal

    getreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok thank you. I was worried they would get too cold.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Quite right! Some of the new Brinsea incubators actually "turn off" for 30 minutes each day to simulate that very behaviour.

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  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    xs 2- they actually have 1 hour and 2 hour cool down periods that you can set them at. [​IMG]
     
  6. getreal

    getreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I don't have to worry about it. I went in the coop to find both hens sitting on the eggs and the chick the one hen has, was peaking out between the both of them. [​IMG]

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  7. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Are they co-mothering? I just had to Japanese bantams do that and it worked out great. I was a little worried because it was the first time for both of them, but maybe that is why it worked!
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    My Spitzhauben co parented with my Japanese Bantam last October. She even covered mommy bantam at night...lol It was so cute. My black Jap banty didn't mind, so I let her.
     

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