HELP! hen killing hatching chicks!

rosawoodsii

Songster
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
155
2
121
One of my Silkie hens has been setting eggs since early May, and i knew the eggs should be hatching soon. I looked under her today and found an egg completely destroyed, with a hatchling still covered in membrane. I removed the egg, suspecting the hen had done it, since I had a Buff Orpington a couple of years ago that killed all of her chicks--then readily adopted some day-old chicks that I put under her.

Tonight I went out to check again, and sure enough, another egg had been destroyed and the chick was still enfolded in membrane and very dead. At that point I took the eggs into the house, being careful not to turn them, put them on a towel in a box with a hooded light over them and a digital thermometer lead on top of the eggs. The temperature is at 97.7 degrees right now, and I'm not sure I can get it any higher. I also put a wet sponge in there to provide humidity.

What are the chances I can get a hatch out of these eggs?

I have another Silkie that hatched out three chicks last week, then abandoned the rest of the eggs. What are the chances of her adopting any new hatchlings if I put them under her at night?

If there's anything I haven't thought of to ensure these eggs hatch, please feel free to tell me, too.
 

perolane

Songster
9 Years
Jun 20, 2010
741
5
121
Louisiana
You've done all that you can do. Your temp is fine...actually a degree or so lower than 99.5 is advised for hatching, just keep an eye on the humidity.

Good luck!
 

rosawoodsii

Songster
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
155
2
121
Two days now and nothing. The heat has fluctuated between 100 and 101.8. I opened the lid on the box a bit and now it's around 99. I'm beginning to think there aren't any more eggs going to hatch. Bummer.

So now I find myself wondering if it's possible to put more eggs under this hen, or if it's too late, that maybe she'll stop setting before times. How long will a hen, particularly a Silkie, set?
 

xera13

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 23, 2011
40
0
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i would give it another day or so. i had an incubater break down on me and i wet a towel with hot water and put them in a cooler with a lamp. I did get them into a incubater within 12 hours and i dont know how long the incubater was cold before we found it. the tem was down to 70 and almost all the chcks hatched. A few didnt make it but i wasnt planning on any of them making it. Good luck
 

rosawoodsii

Songster
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
155
2
121
Quote:What I had in mind was monitoring her and as hatching day approaches, remove the eggs to an incubator for the hatch.

I had a buff orpington that did the same thing once. When presented with live chicks, she took really good care of them.
 

perolane

Songster
9 Years
Jun 20, 2010
741
5
121
Louisiana
But hasn't this hen already been sitting 3 weeks??? If you start her with new eggs, she'll have been sitting 6 weeks...tough on their little bodies.
 

rosawoodsii

Songster
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
155
2
121
Doesn't look like these eggs are going to hatch. I suspect the humidity wasn't right. Today I went out and bought some chicks and stuck them under the hen. She's fluffing up for them, accepted them right off. Maybe it's just the hatching bit she doesn't get.
 

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