Hello my feathered friends

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dndmom, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. dndmom

    dndmom Hatching

    Jun 4, 2016
    I have had a few feathered friends in the past but this is a different than b4. I live in Upstate South Carolina where it has been very humid lately. Well I adopted 5 golden comets (females) when they were a week old, now they are 3 months old and I've recently started them on laying feed, scratch and snacks instead of the starter feed. I have more recently been gifted a RIR roo who is slightly older than the girls (I was told he is about 8 months) and they seem to get along great. The girls have not started laying yet, I look forward to a productive outcome when they do.
    I also have Duke & Daisy (hence dndmom) They are my bantams (I believe from the RIR family) I'm not sure of their age but my female started laying about a month ago and gives us 1-2 eggs a week. I gather most of the tiny eggs but I would like a few more bantams so I have marked 4 eggs and left them in her nesting box. She sits on them occasionally but full brody she is not. My 2 questions are...is 1-2 eggs a week about average (I'm thinking she may have a few under the coop) and the 4 eggs in the nesting box, the oldest one has been in there about 3 weeks all are fully intact and have not been washed. I have candeled them and there don't appear to be any embryos (tho I am new to the candeling part) So my 2nd question is should I remove them or leave them in the nesting box?

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] What I'd do is mark the eggs you left for her and continue to collect the fresh ones, as she lays them. If/when she decides to go broody, replace the "bait" eggs with fresh ones for her to hatch. Hatching eggs can be stored in a cool, fairly humid place for up to 3 weeks, but after 10 days their hatchability starts to drop quite a bit daily.
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens.

  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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