how many eggs can a silkie sit on??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ericasl, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. Ericasl

    Ericasl Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    The Dalles OR
    I have a broody silkie that I have been trying to break!! Not going to happen so I am going to let her hatch some eggs. How many can she sit on? She keeps stealing eggs, golfballs, wooden eggs. What is a good amount of eggs for a silkie to sit on? They are not silkie eggs that she will be hatching so they are a little bigger, I was just wondering what is a good amount for a good hatch?
  2. I would say around 10 silkie eggs, maybe 6 regular sized eggs.
  3. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    My silkie hen is sitting on 14 eggs, 9 of her own and 5 d'uccle eggs.
  4. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    my silkie is sitting on 14 silkie eggs. [​IMG]
  5. I only let mine sit on 6 maximum as they have trouble keeping them all warm otherwise.
    I have let them sit on more before but they got chilled when they rotated them.
    Thats just me, to be sure they will cope only 6!!!!
  6. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I'm just trying to picture how the chickens "steal" the eggs...
    Do they just try and take over a nest or do they roll them away when no one is looking? Sometimes I think they really have little arms hiding under all those feathers.

    (I'm serious about wanting to know how they "steal" them:))
  7. Quote:My Silkie hens kept stealing the eggs from each other.

    They stick out their neck, and tuck the egg under their chin, and roll it under there chest. is quite cute to watch
  8. Ericasl

    Ericasl Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    The Dalles OR
    Well she has 8 eggs 3 of them are smaller eggs and she has them all covered up I have checked her 3 times and she is happy sitting on her eggs. The fun part is the eggs are all different I got them from a friend of a friend and she has a mixed bag so this is like a grab bag. It is going to kill me waiting.
  9. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    NW Florida
    My Australorp actually stole some out of a box next to her. She had to lift them up several inches to get them over the edge of the box. I'm amazed at how chickens can move eggs. (I almost agree with the arm theory!)

    I didn't know they could hold chicks either. You pick them up, and they have almost half a dozen chicks tucked under their wings that you don't know are even there unless you spread the wings and give them a little shake, LOL.

    Chicken mamas are so cool. [​IMG]

    Oh ... my Austalorp, a BIG girl, couldn't handle more than 3 or so silkie sized eggs, just because she wasn't good at seeing what was going on when she put stolen eggs under herself or changed her position. My silver penciled banty could easily handle 6 or 7 silkie-sized eggs and did a GREAT job of keeping them all under her most of the time. My rosecomb, otoh, who is the smallest chicken of all of them, showed up with 15 chicks last week that she apparently was able to incubate just fine (from rosecomb sized eggs, lol).

    Not that that answers your question (and I think others have already done a good job of that) but just to say that in my VERY limited experience (this is my first time hatching any babies!) it seems to depend somewhat on the individual hen as well? At least as far as I can see.


  10. chubbychick

    chubbychick In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2016
    Thank you for these answers, my silkie has gone broody but I'm going to try to take the eggs she's on and put some polish eggs under her.

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