Is October too late to set eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Remudamom, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Remudamom

    Remudamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    My little silkie hen looks like she's trying to go broody. I don't mind if she tries but will it just be a waste of time?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    It is not the best time of year, obviously, but there are some photos on this forum of hens leading their chicks around in snow. Mama has a built in heater that can do the job. Personally, I'd give her some fertile eggs even in November.

    Editted to add:

    My latest are five weeks old and in a grow-out coop. Well ventilated and blocked from wind but unheated. Forecast is for below freezing Friday morning. They are a lot tougher than many people think.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
  3. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    I waited till now to set eggs. I don't like to have chicks in the summer-too hard to regulate temps especially here in Missouri. It is a lot easier to keep a chick warm than it is to cool it off!

    I have 19 3 week olds in the brooder and 22 eggs in the incubator.
  4. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    I'm incubating now, it's inside so it is easier to regulate the temp but I would give it a try, the momma hen will keep them warm! Good luck!

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