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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, May 8, 2015.

  1. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    Forgot to say gachooks, sorry about your broken eggs. I can only imagine how curious a little one must be in that situation. Especially for a little pistol britches! Lol
     
  2. sjturner79

    sjturner79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens took my fake eggs out after about a week, and they still spend an hour or so in the nest boxes before they lay, some time taking 3 visits before the egg actually appears, but they are spending less time in thier each day. My currentl layers layed thier first egg 6 weeks ago. I'm not sure how far behind the second was from the first but we now get 2 eggs almost every day.
     
  3. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    Thanks. I went out to open the run and the one that was inside the nest box came running out. When I checked the box, I had 2 eggs! Yeah, my first double day! One egg is smaller and lighter color than the ones I have been getting this past week. The one today like the rest from last week was warmer, so I think it came from the hen that ran out when I opened the run, but she did go back inside a few minutes later, so maybe I'm going to get 3 today. I removed the fake egg too.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Mine get all the way up on the top roost now. Even the funky footed ones.
     
  5. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    As I started reading your post, I was thinking, I wonder how soon her silkie will go broody. Then I saw you ask the same thing. Yours are a few weeks older then mine, so I'm keeping close tabs on what they do so I know what to expect. Keep posting updates for me, please!
    Here's my question, do you have a rooster with them? If so when did he start mating with them? And are the eggs fertile? That's awesome that you are getting so many eggs! Did they taste good when you made breakfast?
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

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    I had 5 to begin with, and if I remember right I want to say after the first one laid they were all laying in a matter of a couple weeks, maybe 3.


    I saw my 17 week old roo mounting one of the girls this morning (for the first time) when I went out to let them out. He was on Raven, my fav little pullet that won't stay in the run. (Now she'll never stay in there-she wasn't liking it one bit and yelled as though she was being killed.) So I'm expecting her to try to stay out of the run as much as possible now. She was flying up on top of my gate and out, so I fixed the top of the gate so she couldn't land up there, so now she's flying on to the roof of the coop and sliding down onto the ground. I never had a problem with my first group even attempting to get out of their run. A couple of these guys in the "teen" coop are giving me a run for my money. At least Raven will come to me and if I hold out my arm she'll fly up on me so I can put her back...lol
     
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  7. WVduckchick

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    I dont actually know the age of my silkies. If the guy I got them from was right, they are around 23 weeks, but I think they might be a few weeks younger than that. I only have 2. The ones laying now are comets. 8 of them. No roosters except my LOs which are only 13 weeks. So unless one has snuck a quickie while they were out in the yard together, I dont expect that the eggs are fertile. I didn't see any bullseyes when I opened the eggs yesterday. They were fabulous, by the way! Scrambled them. Do white silkies lay white eggs if they haven't been mated?
     
  8. WVduckchick

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    Determined girl! Awesome that she will come to you easily though. I really need to figure out a plan for my roos before they get the "urge".... Ugh
     
  9. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't know. My first batch of silkies is an 11 week old pair. The second silkie batch is 7, seven week old, straight run. I'm so happy the first two turned out to be a pair. I'm looking forward to little white fluff balls next spring! Someone on the silkie thread just got their first egg at 17 wks! I'm going to be just as excited as you when I get my first!

    Amy, how long were your pullets laying for before you incubated their eggs?
     
  10. sjturner79

    sjturner79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies start mating at 21 weeks old . They started laying at 23 weeks. In the incubator I put eggs from 7 days of laying through to 17 days of laying the ones that didint make it to day 14 are the oldest 4 days - so they probably need to be laying for 2 weeks before you start to collect for incubation. I lockdown in 60 hours or so and I'll let you know what makes it to the brooder as it happens.
     

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