First hatch anxiety!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PaulaJean, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. PaulaJean

    PaulaJean In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2014
    Berlin, MA
    I incubated my eggs for 10 days, at which point my broody Silkie took them as her own. We have a separate maternity ward for her an the chicks.. today two were dead before they fully hatched. I'm not sure why. I HAVE since moved all of the eggs to an incubator with one additional hatch. Should I try to put them back with her?:and if so...when?
  2. bantyhen

    bantyhen Chirping

    May 20, 2013
    North Carolina
    I would leave them in the incubator. Next time, you could try letting her do it. The reason I say leave them in the incubator is since you had one hatch in there.
  3. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2013
    Once they all hatch and are dry you might try to given them to her .... It must be done at full dark so she cant see them, cup one at a time in your hand and slip them under her from behind.. She may or may not accept them, if she doesn't be ready to take them back and raise them yourself.
  4. spotsplus

    spotsplus Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA
    I'd keep them in the incubator and then once they all hatch put them under her after dark and hopefully she will adopt them as if she hatched them herself.
  5. calichicken

    calichicken Crowing

    x3...probably best not to move them around too much since they are in the process of hatching now. Good luck!!

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