Forcing bird to sit on egg?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SilkieCanada, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to know if its possible to just stick my silkie in a box with the egg. Will she sit on it and hatch it or will she not be in the mood?
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    She will only set if she is broody. Some birds never go broody and others won't stop. That just depends on the individual hen.

    Matt
     
  3. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:so it cruel to put her in a box with the egg?
     
  4. lynnemabry

    lynnemabry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It just wont mean anything to her, without the hormonal changes she wont know what to do.

    She might break the egg and learn to eat it if she thinks it is in her way.
     
  5. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dam. my brinsea is in the mail. If she laid today how long can I preserve it? and how?
     
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:so it cruel to put her in a box with the egg?

    Depends upon the box situation, but yes, confinement to a box would probably be uncomfortable. You cannot make a bird go broody, it has to be their idea, caused by hormonal changes.
     
  7. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:so it cruel to put her in a box with the egg?

    Depends upon the box situation, but yes, confinement to a box would probably be uncomfortable. You cannot make a bird go broody, it has to be their idea, caused by hormonal changes.

    do you know how I can preserve the egg until my new incubator arrives?
     
  8. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Depends upon the box situation, but yes, confinement to a box would probably be uncomfortable. You cannot make a bird go broody, it has to be their idea, caused by hormonal changes.

    do you know how I can preserve the egg until my new incubator arrives?

    Keep it at about 40 to 50 degrees. It will start to lose viability after a week or so.
     
  9. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

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    It is good for a week as long as it is stored in a room around 50-55 degrees without direct sunlight. Turn the eggs 2-3 times a day.
     
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  10. pruitt514

    pruitt514 Out Of The Brooder

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    You can save eggs up to 7 days buy removing them from the nest and placing them in a dark cool palce about 55 degrees or so. I look to put them down in a oatmeal carton for safe keepings.
     

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