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HELP!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pottersway, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. pottersway

    pottersway Out Of The Brooder

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    Our house sitter collected silkie eggs this morning, put them in the fridge. The eggs were there for about 4 hours. I removed them, let them get to room temp, and put them back in the nest boxes.
    Have I lost these eggs for hatching out?? My hens are just about to go broody.
    Any info is greatly appreciated!!

    Silkie Mom
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    They will probly be ok.
     
  3. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    I've heard of people successfully hatching eggs that had been refrigerated. I hope you'll be among them! [​IMG]

    ETA: BTW, how do you know they're about to go broody? Mine didn't really give any signs; they just decided to sit and not get up. Do they give telltale clues???
     
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  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    MAYBE, MAYBE NOT!!!!!!!
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be okay!!! [​IMG]


    P.s there will be more eggs in the future to, don't forget!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. needtohatch

    needtohatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am wondering also how you know they will go broody. I would love to know if there is something I need to watch for.
     
  7. ingv8700

    ingv8700 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes I am also wondering how do we know when a hen goes broody?? because I would like the eggs to be hatched out in the coop with a hen because then they do most of the work and we just keep an eye on them. I dont mind incubating them but i would I like to try it out with a hen [​IMG]
     
  8. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put about 6 fake eggs in a nest. If a hen sits on it consistently for a few days, she is broody. You can put fertile eggs under her or you can put day old chicks under her in about 10-14 days. I introduce the chicks in the evening, when I go that route.
     
  9. needtohatch

    needtohatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, but can you tell any will go broody before they start to sit consistently?
     
  10. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eastern, Kentucky
    There is really no signs till they decide to go. Although I noticed somthing different about 1 of my hens before she decided to go broody. Everytime she laid an egg she would sit on it for over 4 hours but always came off the nest and never went back. After I noticed her doing this she went broody 3 days later she laid an egg early that morning and by that evening she never came off the nest and has been sitting for 5 days now.
     

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