please answer this for me :) thanks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Daniel_2kaii9, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Daniel_2kaii9

    Daniel_2kaii9 Songster

    Jun 16, 2009
    South Wales
    sorry to post this again but i need a answer asap lol [​IMG]

    dont think this is the right place [​IMG] lol

    hey, i have a silkie hen im trying to encourage her to sit on eggs but shes not taking eny notice shes under a year old so maybe shes abit to young ?

    but i have 5 old english game bantam hens that are older than her maybe thay would sit on the eggs (go broody) ?

    i have the silkie in a 5ft long 3ft 6 inches high 2ft wide broody coop on her own should i change her for 2 english game bantam hens ?

    i only got 4 more days before the fertile eggs are no good so what breed shall i use ?

    there's a big nest in the broody coop with 6 eggs (fertile eggs are in my house)

    please answer


    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  2. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    There no know way I know of to make a hen go broody. You could get a incubator, there lots of fun. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  3. Hens go broody about a week after you buy an incubator and set way too many eggs for her to brood anyway.
    It is one of those rules of life like when you throw something away you haven't used in years, a week later you need it.
  4. Jessica Rabbit

    Jessica Rabbit Mistress of Marans Manor

    Apr 27, 2010
    Snohomish, WA
    Quote:how true!
  5. Andi

    Andi Songster

    Sounds like you're in a similar situation to me. I ordered some hatching eggs (which ended up coming 3 weeks earlier than I expected) and my girls ended up not being broody when I was hoping they would. I ended up turning an unused aquarium into an incubator. Hatching should start tomorrow.

    You'll have to decide what you want to do. You can't make the girls go broody. If your girls aren't broody you'll either have to incubate the eggs, toss them or eat them. Nerve racking, isn't it?

    I wish you the best of luck! (Have fun incubating [​IMG])
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  6. Daniel_2kaii9

    Daniel_2kaii9 Songster

    Jun 16, 2009
    South Wales
    i think my silkie is to young [​IMG] my male silkie tredded her the other day and she still havent layed the egg [​IMG]

    i made a incubator before but i didnt have the humidity gauge thing so the eggs didnt hatch

    enyone know how i can make a smallish cheapy incubator ? lol


  7. Andi

    Andi Songster

    Basically any container that you would have a way of controlling temp and humidity. I used an aquarium with a heat lamp and a piece of plexi over the top. I bought a thermometer and hygrometer and made adjustments as I went. It doesn't matter what it looks like. It just needs to be functional. Even a cooler would work. Do a search and you'll find a bunch of incubator ideas that people have done. I just used what I had or could get easily. With what I had on hand, I think I ended up spending a whoppin' $16. Unless you're planning on hatching in the future, you may not want to invest a lot of money into something that will get used for only a month or less. If hatching is something that you might be doing more of then get a nice incubator. Of course, your silkie will eventually be a good incubator.
  8. EggSpudition

    EggSpudition Songster

    Feb 2, 2010
    My Coop
    It's one of those things-- when she is ready, she'll be ready. Frustrating I can imagine to try to get her mothering skills to kick in. [​IMG] I have a silky right now who has been trying to set a clutch-- unfortunately of course they are not fertile. [​IMG]
    She is older than a year- and just began laying.
    Good luck to you! I think an incubator would be your best bet at this point.

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