Question about Hatching Chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by audra82, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. audra82

    audra82 Hatching

    Dec 3, 2014
    A few months ago I got 8 Silkies from my friend. About a week ago one of the hens went broody. She has been aggresive when I've come near her to see how many eggs she's sitting on but yesterday I got a look and there were 17 (not all hers). I'm assuming the eggs are being added at different days so I'm worried when they start hatching she will "abandon" the remaining eggs.

    Weirdly, earlier today I noticed she had "kicked out" about 8 eggs. I thought maybe the eggs were bad and that's why. I didn't touch them but after about an hour I went and checked again and they were back under her.

    So now I'm wondering what I should do. Should I let her be and let nature take its course or candle the eggs tonight and mark then remove any that aren't developing.

    Does anyone have suggestions?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I would agree that you should candle and remove any without any development. You did say she's been sitting about a week, I don't know if that is too early to put hopes on.I know if she is a regular size bantam silkie she couldn't possibly cover 17 eggs - some will always be out in the cold. She will turn them many times and it's luck of the draw - if the same ones get cold, or if every eggs takes a turn. I think it will better your chances of a successful hatch if you eliminate some. Do your birds all lay the same type/color egg? If not maybe you can just eliminate ones you know aren't from the silkie. If you want to try all the eggs, an incubator can take over the excess ones. Sending good hatching vibes your way [​IMG]
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Next time you could mark the broody's eggs so you will know when another hen has sneaked some into the nest.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I agree with Drumstick Diva here. I would candle these eggs and keep what has developed the farthest. When hatch day comes, she will only set one or two days past the firsts chick hatching as she will want to tend to these babies. So yes, she will abandoned the rest. You could put the rest in an incubator to finish them off when she finally does get up and leave the rest of the eggs.

    Good luck with the hatch!! Keep us posted on how this all goes down. Oh, and don't let any other hens lay in her clutch of eggs. You many need to section her off so she is by herself. Keep food and water nearby for her as well.
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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