My first egg!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by arockkid, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. arockkid

    arockkid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feb 28, 2011
    Buffalo NY
    Our silkies were born at the end of March, and yesterday I noticed one in the nest box in the AM. Told my husband that I think we may get eggs soon, though I thought that was just wishful thinking....but this am...a perfect egg!

    Now, a few questions....it's not being sat on currently....we have one rooster to 5 hens (I think)...should I expect a few more and then they'll be sat on, or do the hens not really understand to do that at their young age? Is it likely to be fertile? I see the rooster doing his manly thing with the ladies, and I'm hoping to get a new little bunch of chicks before I have to get rid of the rooster (we're in the city, he's not allowed, and he definitely makes his presence known).

    How long should I let the egg sit before I'll know if one of the chickens will sit on it, and if it doesn't get sat upon, how long would it still be edible?
     
  2. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    Ok Hens do not normally go broody (sitting on the Eggs) at that age so you will need incubator and it should be fertilized if the rooster has been doing his job.

    you have to store it in a dark cool place I have heard like 70F I think though not sure

    Hope this helps a little
     
  3. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC

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