My broody is moving eggs around!!(update)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bantymum, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, now ive seen it all ~almost!
    My silky is due to hatch 6 eggs tommorrow and she has been moving some eggs out from under her and then putting them back under her again. The eggs were sitting about 8 inches away from her ( usually one at a time) then when I think she has thrown them out, she sits on them again.
    Its really hot here, so hot I cant sleep, its 1.32am and I should be asleep but my MS effects my thermostat and I cant cool down unless I take a cool shower.
    Anyhow Im wondering that maybe the hen is thinking that the eggs are getting too hot!!
    Ill see what happens with the hatching in the morning, yippee!!!
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2008
  2. Berynn

    Berynn Cooped Up

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    What state are you in?
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Berynn, she's in Australia where it's summertime! I bet the hen is letting the eggs cool off some to maintain proper temps.
     
  4. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    It's amazing how they know when to cool an egg off or warm it more and we need thermometers and what not!
     
  5. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yes lucky I didnt take them away from her!!! they are due today, i am tempted to lift up her wings for a peek!!
    She has her wings spread out so its looking good, she has a 100% hatch rate LOL
    I always check anyway in case a peep is having trouble getting out.
    I needed to intervene with 2 in the last hatch and they are both doing great.
     
  6. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh Boy, I feel really bad, I had a look under her, none pipping yet, due today, I found an egg with no number written on top like the others so I took it out and cracked it.
    There was a chick with the egg sack attached, I watched him take his last breaths in my hand.
    I tried to revive him with mouth to mouth and kept sac etc intact and have him wrapped up in a teatowel on a hot water bottle.
    I cant see any movement now.
    I killed him.
    Damn I feel so guillty.
    I cant understand how this egg was viable, I have a young roo who sometimes mounts the girls and crows once a week.
    He must be doing his thing quietly and not tellling the world about it. And one of the hens started laying in the broodies box until I fenced her off.
    These eggs were purchased from a silky breeder and They were all numbered 1 to 6.
    So it looks like the hatch is a couple of days late due to mum rolling them out and in again. Interesting.
    Ill know next summer.
    We learn by our mistakes but i feel so guilty.
     
  7. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Oh, I'm sorry about your chick - we've all done those things that seemed like a good idea at the time, but ended badly.

    Hope the rest of the hatch comes through OK for you.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    I am sorry to hear that.

    Tonya
     
  9. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok 2 hatched out this morning, One got stuck in there, membrane dried out but I got to her in time to help her out!!!.
    Mikey and DH watched me zip her out, it was nice for them to see how they can be saved.
    I put her in under mum to dry off and will check her in the morning.
    More chicks to come but not pipped yet.
    I have to put my hand in there and under mumma and feel around for fluffy things, fun!, mumma doesnt mind tooo much, only pecks me once. she's a sweety.
     
  10. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Yeah! Congrats on the chicks! [​IMG]
     

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