silkie momma

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kenobie farms, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. kenobie farms

    kenobie farms Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 23, 2015
    Roseville Ohio
    I have a silkie pair and she just started laying a few days ago. she is in a coop with her man. will she know when the eggs are fertile? she hasn't tried to sit on them yet. are all silkies broody? id also like to breed him with my other birds, how will I know if the eggs are fertile so I can have her hatch them? im new to this and sorry for all the questions. thanks[​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2015
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Don't apologize for asking questions! The only dumb question is the one you don't ask.

    Hens do not sit according to whether or not eggs are fertile, but rather simply when the fancy strikes them. There are some people who will tell you a Silkie will happily attempt to brood golf balls and rocks, and I don't doubt it either.

    Generally speaking, all Silkies go broody. I haven't yet met one that isn't broody. That's not to say they don't exist, but I've never encountered them. Like most hens, Silkies must mature before they are likely to begin brooding. Most chickens begin brooding after at least 1 year of age but an 8 or 10 month old broody is not unheard of, especially in Silkies and similarly broody breeds.

    To tell if an egg is fertile, you must crack it. A small white bullseye on the yolk means it is fertile; a small, misshapen white dot means it is not. The next time you make some breakfast break the eggs into a bowl and check each of them. Chances are if two or three are fertile, the rest will be as well. You may have to turn the yolk over a few times to see the dot, but be careful not to break it, as the white dot disappears after its broken.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    As Quenn Misha says - you must feel free to ask questions! If nobody asked anything, BYC would not exist! For some of us, BYC is our only source social media (no Facebook etc etc). I look forward to logging on every morning and offering a bit of advice, sharing experiences or learning from other members.

    As for your questions - they have all been admirably covered by Queen Misha!

    Good luck


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