How many Silkie Eggs Can an Orpington Set?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Egg_newton, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Egg_newton

    Egg_newton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just lost my last splash silkie. [​IMG] I had 3. One went MIA, an owl got my rooster, and my LGD puppy in training was caught chomping on my last one Friday evening. I have a broody Orpington I was going to try and break but decided to let her set some b/b/s silkie eggs instead. How many do you think I could get under her. Also, this is her first time going broody she is about 8 months old.
     
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  2. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    I have a Speckled Sussex, which is about the same size as the Orp....Pretty Girl sits on 8 Silkie eggs at a time, and hatches well.

    First time broodies do sometimes have problems.....lack of experience

    Good luck
     
  3. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    [​IMG] sorry about the silkies, I would give her a dozen, I'm sure she could sit on more but she would go crazy trying to take care of 30 baby silkies.
     
  4. Egg_newton

    Egg_newton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my eye on two auctions. One for 6+ and one for 12+. I was thinking I'd just put the extras in my incubator. My bf is going to kill me. I just told him I was done hatching until next spring! [​IMG]
     

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