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My silkie hen will NOT get off this egg!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mommachillroy, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. mommachillroy

    mommachillroy In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2014
    My silkie played an egg 4 days ago and she won't get off to let me collect it. She usually lays an egg a day but as far as I know she's only laid the one and has just been sitting on it for the last 4 days but she tries to bite me when I go to check so I don't really know. Does this mean that she wants a baby?
  2. mommachillroy

    mommachillroy In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2014
  3. HanwellChickens

    HanwellChickens Chirping

    Jun 12, 2013
    Hanwell, New Brunswick
    If she's not getting off the egg, and trying to peck you when you try to take it, then I would say she's broody :)
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  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Your silke is broody (hormonally driven to hatch the egg) - silkies are notorious for going broody (many keep them for this exact purpose as they can put eggs from their other breeds under them and have them hatched out).
    Do you have a rooster? If not, the egg is not fertile so there is no chance that it will hatch and you should remove the egg to avoid a rather nasty, smelly mess down the road. Do not, though, eat the egg as after four days of setting even an unfertilized egg is not at it's best for consumption.
    If you DO have a rooster you can choose to allow her to set the egg and see if it hatches or remove it if you are not wanting to have a chick at this time.
    If you don't have a rooster but DO want to have chicks you might want to ask around in your area and find some fertile eggs to slip under her (remember to remove the egg she has now) and have her hatch those out.
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