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How to give hen back her eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Shared Acres, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

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    I have two silkie hens that aren't broody or anything. They currently have golf balls in the nesting boxes. I've been taking the eggs (putting them in bator) and I have 21 eggs that should hatch a day after each other.

    I would LOVE, ideally, for the hens to take care of them.

    Do I take the golf balls out one day and pop in newborn chicks? Or can I bring out the eggs when they are pipping?

    What to do?
     
  2. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I would not bother the eggs once they go past 18 days. I would think you are safe slipping chicks under the hens. I've been told that waitng until night is best.
     
  3. CindyS

    CindyS Songster

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    If they are not broody, they will not accept chicks!
     
  4. That's correct. You can't just pop chicks in under a hen that isn't broody. They could possibly kill them!
     
  5. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Tulsa
    I've been taking the eggs (putting them in bator) and I have 21 eggs that should hatch a day after each other.

    This isn't a great idea.

    Better is to not raise the temperature to incubate until you have the complete batch ready. The eggs need different conditions during incubation, and you can't provide ideal conditions for a bunch of eggs all at different stages.

    To save eggs .... place them in an egg tray and keep them cool (55 to 60F). Turn the tray twice a day, and keep the humidity at 50.

    Eggs will remain fertile for about a week, and you wouldn't lose many waiting 10 days.

    It would be better to try to raise 2 batches of 10, than to add eggs to an incubator every day.​
     
  6. Shared Acres

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    Well, this is my first time, sooooo, so far 21 eggs all from different days (sometimes got 2 from same day) and all are alive as of last check! LOL, you live and learn!

    And I have my first pip! And I heard a muffled chirp possibly from another one!
     
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