- May 1, 2010
Hello! I need the expert advice of the BYC community! I have 3 Japanese bantam eggs that are on day 16 today. My little Japanese hen has been sitting on them faithfully for all sixteen days. Three days ago, one of my large fowl sized silkies decided she wanted to hatch the same eggs. Well, they have been passing them back and forth for a few days and last night I noticed one had a crack two thirds of the length of the egg, no leaking and surface pretry smooth. I patched with paraffin but it melted off quickly under the broody, so I put clear nail polish (yuck chemicals...i know) and a super thin piece of tissue paper on it. The chick is still alive. I separated the Japanese and her eggs last night and she stayed on the eggs until morning, but at sun up began pacing wildly. She does not do well being separated from the flock in the coop or in the run. I don't think she will sit on her eggs and she might break them. Maybe she would do better if I put her in the garage out of sight of the other birds just to get to hatch? Or, should I try to get the other broody to hatch? I don't think she is as flighty, but I am worried that she is too big to sit on the eggs or babies without damaging. When i found the cracked egg, she was on it and there was very little bedding between her and the floor. Any help is appreciated! I don't have an incubator and I work during the day. I was hoping to let the broody hatch and raise. Thanks!