HELP!!! MY SILKIE NEST FLOODED!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Moonpaperr, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. Moonpaperr

    Moonpaperr New Egg

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    Hello! I am new to having chickens. A year ago I bought two silkie hens, and last month my neighbor gave me a rooster. It wasnt until last week when my chicken started laying eggs, and the weather was warm and sunny UNTIL TODAY. It's been pouring rain all day, and when I went to check on my hen, her whole nest was submerged under water. It had been like that for less than an hour. I didn't know what to do, so I took the hen and her wet nest to a dry spot; but when I went to check on her again, after like 10 minutes, she wasnt in her nest! I figured it was because she was soaking wet, so tthis time I moved her to inside my house. She's now brooding, but I'm scared that her eggs wont hatch anymore. The eggs were cold for like 30 minutes.

    The chickens live in my backyard, and I dont have a coop for them yet.
    I also don't have an incubator, nor warming light bulbs.
    Any thoughts?? Will my eggs hatch?? :(

    This is currently her. I put a blanket around her because she is still cold and wet; but she pecks me whenever I try to dry her up. I dont want to touch her nor her nest anymore, but I want to know if the eggs will be okay.. :(
     

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  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Several things:

    How do you know the eggs are fertilized? The hens probably haven't even gotten used enough to the roo to let him mate with them.

    Why on earth did you get chickens without getting a coop? Please, get a coop for your chicken's sakes. Silkies are terrible at keeping themselves warm, and do way worse in rain than other breeds.

    If the eggs are actually fertilized they've probably died. Eggs are porous, so water can get inside of the shell
     
  3. Moonpaperr

    Moonpaperr New Egg

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    I dont know if they're fertilized, but I read online I'm supposed to wait a week to know if they are. As for the coop, I used to put them inside a cage every night but they outgrew it. Now I was reconstructing a children's toy house into their coop, but it's still not finished :(
    Thank you anyway..
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm glad you're making them a coop! I'm sorry if I sounded harsh, I didn't know your situation. Even if you wait a week after getting a roo, the hens might not have accepted him by them, and therefore wouldn't let him mate
     
  5. Moonpaperr

    Moonpaperr New Egg

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    Its okay, and thank you. I guess I wasnt very specific on regards to the coup. But Ill try to finish it by this week. : )
    As for them mating, I'll i form myself better on the subject.

    Thanks again ^_^
     
  6. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd crack open an egg that hasn't been incubated, and look for the blastodisc, that will tell you if it's fertilized
     

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