Nightmare

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by chickenGRAFFITI, May 12, 2011.

  1. chickenGRAFFITI

    chickenGRAFFITI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my silkie hens, Uma, and her daughter, Raja, have been sitting on a clutch of eggs. Uma went broody first and she has to be a contender for the most broody hen of all time. This is her 8th time this year. [​IMG]

    Anyhow, she was sitting on 1 of her eggs and I was OK with adding 1 to our flock. The problem is that Raja would come into her nest every day and lay an egg. There are now 9 eggs and they are both broody and sitting on the same nest. [​IMG]

    They look like twins and it is just adorable to see both of them sitting side by side. Yesterday I said to myself that I would take out 7 of their eggs today when I force them to take their lunch/potty break in the afternoon. But, last night I had a terrible nightmare that I was killing these almost fully developed chicks in a shell. I woke up with unbelievable amount of guilt and today I just cannot seem to bring myself to take these eggs out. Has anyone else had a similar experience or am I crazy?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    http://chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/explore/embryology/

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    the above link, you can click on the day to see how far along the chicks are.

    I think it is very sweet to let them brood.

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    I'm going to be in the same boat in just a couple of months. I'm going to have to sell some silkies at auction after they hatch and grow a little.
     
  3. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    awe....oughta let em go ahead and hatch the eggs.
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    If I must.......as a favor to you, I'll take the babies when they hatch, just send them to me...... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Um, next time.... mark the eggs (Sharpie is good) you want to hatch and remove new ones daily, and eat them; they don't start developing that fast. If she sets on 9 eggs laid over 9 days, she will abandon the newer ones when a few chicks have hatched and she decides to mother them. Or collect them on your kitchen counter and give them to her all at once. You can't do much of a staggered hatch under a broody!

    Of course if you have an incubator you can hatch the ones she abandons yourself. With a little luck you might be able to give her those chicks, too.
     

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