She's Determined to be Broody!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kuchchicks, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a wonderful Black Silkie. She is under a year old. Poor girl is gonna need an apron because she is the rooster's favorite! Anyway she went broody about a month ago. My husband did not want to deal with it and kept stealing her eggs. I wanted to let her hatch but he said we have enough chicks right now (really,... is there ever enough chicks?!!! LOL!). Anyway my husband has been working the last 2 days so I have been taking care of the chickens by myself. When I went out to collect eggs, she had 3 eggs under her again!!! I don't think they are all hers because the day before she had no eggs. But now she is defending them with a vengeance! So today before my husband gets home I am going out to mark her eggs. She is getting her wish. She's gonna be a momma!!![​IMG]
     
  2. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one too - also a black silkie[​IMG] I am getting eggs for her this weekend since we do not have a rooster. Some CCL and some bantam frizzles. This is my first time letting a broody hatch [​IMG]
     
  3. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had 2 others that we let go last fall. Sadly each hen only had 1 chick hatch. And then one chick simply disappeared and the other died. Not sure why. It was really sad. But it was also pretty cold here at that time. I am hoping since it is starting to get warm, maybe she will have better luck. I really hope so. I love the idea of a mom raising her own chicks.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Theres nothing nicer than seeing a mother hen and chicks in the garden. If you remove the eggs (up to 7-10 days old max) and then set them all at once you should have a hatch within 24 hours of each other - makes management easier IMO. Ensure you mark the eggs so you know which are "imposters" eggs should that be the case.

    I'm sure theres lots of info if you type "storing fertile eggs" in the search box which will help further, should you wish.

    All the best
    CT
     

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