how many eggs can fit under a silkie?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 1Chick Magnet, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. 1Chick Magnet

    1Chick Magnet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I have a silkie and a showgirl that want to hatch. They are sitting in the same nestbox. I have more eggs than will fit in my incubator. how many silkie eggs max do I put under these 2?
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    dont know how about 6??
     
  3. Blueroo63

    Blueroo63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what kind of eggs,I had a silkies hatch 5 muscovy ducks at one time and muscovy eggs are big
     
  4. 1Chick Magnet

    1Chick Magnet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Quote:silkie eggs
     
  5. 1Chick Magnet

    1Chick Magnet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Quote:6 per bird? went out to feed them tonight and the roo was in the nest box too. is that normal?
     
  6. Ky Chicken Fan

    Ky Chicken Fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't say they "fit", and I definitely wouldn't recommend it, but I had one last summer that wound up with.... 34. She was a young hen, and when she decided to sit she had 16, more than I wanted her to have, but I left her alone. Had no idea until way into it that the other 2 hens who were currently raising babies were also sneaking into her nest and laying eggs. I just thought they weren't laying again yet. There was no way she could adequately cover that many. I thought being her first time that she just wasn't very careful in keeping the eggs tucked under when I would see 1 peeking out. In the end 19 of them hatched and she raised 17 of them. I couldn't believe it.
     
  7. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I have a small black silkie hen she can handle 7. One of my bigger hens she can handle 10. All were silkie eggs.
     
  8. 1Chick Magnet

    1Chick Magnet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2008
    New Hampshire
    wow your stories are amazing! would have never thought so many were possible. my roo is still in the box with the 2 girls. this has been going on for 3 days. one of the girls has stopped laying. will probably give them eggs tomorrow. can the roo stay with them when chicks hatch?
     
  9. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Wow. 19 hatched out from under a silkie?! What a trooper mama was!

    I had a silkie sit on 4 large fowl and three banty eggs in December in an unheated coop. She hatched out and raised 3 LF and 1 banty. In February the second silkie went broody and sat on 7 LF eggs. She hatched out four. In the first round the unhatched eggs hadn't developed at all. In round two one of the eggs was undeveloped and two had partial development. She likely would have hatched them all, but the babies from round one started sleeping with her in the nest box and she had a hard time staying on top of the eggs. It was a smidge crowded. [​IMG]
     
  10. BackSwampGirl

    BackSwampGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] WOW,MY LITTLE SILKIE HEN IS BLACK.AND I GOT 9 OF THEM OUT BEFORE SHE WENT BROODY.So I saw she was sitting on 12 the last time we checked.And she will not give up her place in the box.She is going to be a good Mama.So the 9 in the bator,ended up with 4 babys and 2 was not fertile.And 1 was drowned in the shell,my fault,yes it was all my fault.And waiting on 2 more in bator.They were put in a different time. [​IMG] Learned my lesson,opened the lid.Jody I know!!!!!,but it had been 48 hrs so I had to get them out.But ended up with 80% not counting her 12 eggs [​IMG]...So far so good.So I am looking around April 2nd-4th,give or take...These I have are so cute [​IMG]
     
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