How many eggs can you give a Silkie?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by babsh, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a dozen silkie eggs arriving in a day or two. I just realized i can't give them all to her. How many? 8?

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  2. spydertoys

    spydertoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My last broody girl had 18 of them..14 hatched.
     
  3. equus2

    equus2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sure you can! Is she fully broody, and secluded from other layers? (Mine hoarded eggs, and one day, she had 24 under there!. She was against a cold brick wall, so I put them in the bator, got 15, which I thought was OK!
     
  4. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really? I'm surprised. I thought if they had too many it would be difficult for her to keep them all covered, and thus, warm enough?

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  5. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Was this a bantam?

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  6. spydertoys

    spydertoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A Silkie mama hatched 14 out of 18. They can flatten out and cover them all..it's really quite amazing!!
    I currently have 21 eggs under a Standard Cochin who decided to go broody on one egg..lol.
     
  7. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow. I never would have guessed. Thanks. I guess I'll give them all to her.

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  8. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    The general rule is they can cover about a dozen eggs the same size they lay. So, a dozen Silkie eggs for a Silkie is perfect. I usually give my Silkies about 6 standard eggs or 12 banty eggs. I don't usually push the limits over 12 because I worry about her covering them all, especially while the weather is still cool.
     
  9. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Wow that sounds like so many given the size of the little Silkie.

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  10. spydertoys

    spydertoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't give her that many..she stole that many. She was grabbing from the other hens..lol!! But she did a fine job!!
     

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