Silkie Hen or Incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by muscovy94, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey everyone in the spring I will be getting some very important eggs and I need to see what yall think. I just bought a brand new Hovabator Genesis, but I also have silkie hens. who would yall trust more to hatch them? Hovabator or silkie?
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Silkie.

    That said, its hard to time it right to get the eggs to arrive right when the hen goes broody.

    I also have a genesis, I took a chance last time and got eggs mailed BEFORE anyone was broody, I got guinea eggs. After a week or so in the bator, I got to spread out the eggs between TWO broody chickens (BO and a D'Uccle). I just got real lucky - and I had a great hatch 70%.
     
  3. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do I need to seperate the broody hens from the rest of the flock? Because the last time I let my OEGB hatch their own eggs the other members of the flock ended up killing them.
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Hmmmmmmmmmm,
    I didn't separate my hens.

    I did have to make a cage around the one nest box so the others would stop laying eggs in there.
    I made it big enough that I could put a dish of water and food in there with her.
    Once the chicks were around 3 days old, I took the cage thing off as mom wanted to take her babies out.
     
  5. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:so let me ask you a question. say you had to pay like a million dollars for some really rare chicken eggs. and remember, they costed a million dollars, would you give them to the silkie or the 'bator?
     
  6. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bator!!!!

    ETA: I had a silkie decide to join the flock with less than a week to go on the eggs she was on [​IMG] Then i also had them push the eggs away and choose other eggs she wanted to sit on more than the ones i wanted to hatch. I would put them back and she kept pushing them away.
    So thats why i said bator [​IMG]
     
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  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:so let me ask you a question. say you had to pay like a million dollars for some really rare chicken eggs. and remember, they costed a million dollars, would you give them to the silkie or the 'bator?

    [​IMG] I'd separate the hen for sure, and I'd put half in the bator, half under the hen.
     
  8. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    BUT if I could afford to buy those in the first place, I'd be in Hawaii anyway so I wouldn't be takin care of a bator [​IMG]
     
  9. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a broody silkie, the silkie hands down. The is no way you can beat a brooky silkie. I assume you are talking about some BCM
    eggs, which I just hatched in a bator with 100% hatch, I would do the next patch with a silkie. They are more reliable for my money. But it has to be a good broody hen.
     
  10. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:well I dont know how reliable they would be. I hatched them early summer so they havent started laying or doing anything yet.
    Would you still reccommend them even though they are so young?
     

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