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Fertile egg question..... VERY IMPORTANT!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SilkieChickenLover336, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen is broody and i have no eggs to supply her with at the moment.
    Here is a pic of her just for fun:
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    well here is my question:

    If you have a fertile egg and you collect it and put it in the fridge for say around 3 or 4 weeks.....is it still fertile? could i hatch it? The temp of my fridge is always 36 degrees F. i don't know if that makes a difference. These eggs are from silkies and the rooster to hen ratio is 4 roosters to 11 hens...well was that till something got the hens and 1 roo.

    also i really like well explained answers cause im a curious person and will probably ask 1 billion questions....so thank you in advanced for putting up with my questions!!
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2012
  2. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i also forgot to add that they have been stored with the big end down and some with the pointy end down... i never knew i would try and hatch them but that also could be a factor.... just a thought!
     
  3. SierraView

    SierraView Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very slim change, but you could try. Candle them on day 5 after you put them under her, you should be able to see if it is developing.
     
  4. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i decided just to make the trip and go get some eggs for her!
     
  5. SierraView

    SierraView Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nice! Your broody will love you for getting her some eggs.
     
  6. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how many eggs do you think she could cover? Im getting her silkie eggs. She is the size of a serama and i am very new to this
     
  7. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    Any hen could cover at least 6. Usualy around 8-10 is ideal. 14 is max, they shouldn't ever sit on more than 14, because the eggs won't all fit under her, or the heat will not be distributed as well

    10 has always been the perfect number for me, all of my hens,big or small, can cover ten.
     
  8. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how smalll is small?
     
  9. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~


    Um....small is well, I cant really describe it. Just test what she can cover by putting some fridge eggs under her, thats what I would do. Good luck!
     
  10. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats a very good idea... [​IMG]
     

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