Question about my silkies hatching eggs - is it too late to start?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jenesis536, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. jenesis536

    jenesis536 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 silkies who seem to always be broody. One starts and within a week or 2 all of the others start up, too. The first one stops being broody and slowly but surely the rest finish their cycle and I get a week or two of no broodies and then it starts all over again. I've never put eggs under them but figured it would be fun to try. I got 12 bantam cochin eggs and go figure - I get them in the mail today and the last broody girl was out running around.

    I put 6 in her usual spot, and when I went out later she was sitting on them. I had to resituate her a little but she settled on all of them.

    My question is - since she was/is on the tail-end of her broody period, will she extend it for the sake of hatching those eggs or will she lose interest in being broody and abandon them. Should I take them and store them and hope one of the other girls goes broody in the next week? I still have the other 6 stored pointy end down in an egg container in the garage hoping one of the others will start up.
     

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