Questions from the experienced broodies!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Fussy8, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone! I am now in my second week of my two bantam silkies hatching four eggs! As far as i can tell they are all fertilized and have a chance to be chicks! One is a buff orpinton/ white crest polish, one is a silkie/ white crested polish, the third is a EE or Americana/ White crested polish and the last is a SLW/ white crested polish!!! WOOT!!! So now i have some questions for the experienced people out there who have done this hatching thing the natural way! But if you have used a incubator that is fine too!! I have built a barrier to keep my very curious hens out ( They have eggs under the two silkies!) and they are also off the ground...
    [​IMG] do i need to move the eggs when they start hatching?
    [​IMG] how long does it take for these chicks to hatch after the 3 weeks?
    [​IMG] Should i move the nesting boxes to the floor?
    Thank you for reading and potentially answering some needed questions and any other thing you think i might need to know i will gladly except the info!!!!![​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  2. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Q - Do i need to move the eggs when they start hatching?
    A - Nope, leave them be.
    Q - How long does it take for these chicks to hatch after the 3 weeks?
    Once they've internally pipped (Pipped through the air sac) it should take around 48 hours.
    Q - Should i move the nesting boxes to the floor?
    Your choice. If they are high up, I'd put in a ramp. Make the ramp where they can go both up
    and down, because they'll usually go back to the nest to sleep.

    Wishing you luck!
     
  3. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you very much Ukiah!!
     
  4. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have fun! [​IMG]
     

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