Newbie Hatching Questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TiaView, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. TiaView

    TiaView Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2010
    Hi all. I LOVE this forum. Everyone is a wealth of thanks in advance. I have already learned so much. But, I do need to ask what to many are probably some very beginner forgive me...
    I thought that in the Spring I'd like to have some of my young silkie hens (just started laying about a month ago) hatch out some of my Delaware's eggs. I know that the Silkies must be broody first...and then I guess I must have collected and marked my Delaware's eggs....HOW do I collect and store eggs for this? Are they to be kept at a certain temperature until I place them under the Silkies?
    My plan is to let them hatch and then put them right into a brooder. Does this upset the hen and interfere with her hatching the rest of the eggs?
    Also, how warm should it be here in the Northeast before I let them hatch out chicks?
    Any/all advice welcome.....
  2. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
  3. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    She will care for the chicks when they hatch - no need to go into a brooder.

    As long as she doens't have too many chicks under her - the temps can be pretty cold too - she will sit on them & keep them warm for as long as it takes.

    It will upset her if you take all of her chicks - if you don't want to leave them in the cold - leave her 1 - she will love it.

    You can't really predict when one will go broody though - I had 2 buff orps go broody & none of my silkies.

    Store the eggs at basement temps -
  4. TiaView

    TiaView Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2010
    Thanks, very helpful. I was wondering if taking ALL of the chicks would be too much for the hen. Thanks for the answer.

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