Silkies & Community Nest ..hatching!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Fruitloopz, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. Fruitloopz

    Fruitloopz In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2010
    I have 4 silky hens. Almost as soon as they began laying, they also began sitting on their eggs. The four are in one big heap with a gazillion eggs under them, and a couple hatched yesterday. My question is, it is about 40 degrees here at night, anywhere from 63 - 75 during the day. (I'm in SC) While they are still under their mothers do I need to worry about getting a heat light on them? Do I need to actually DO anything at all? Being that the (enclosed on 3 side with a ladder to the floor) small coop they are in is a couple feet off the ground, I put a small water container (nothing anyone can drown in) in the corner. I've never had silkies before much less hens that got broody this time of year. Should I be doing anything else?

  2. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    mom should take great care of them The only thibg I am not sure of is if they will be able to get up and down that ramp. As long as mom is covering them they should be fine. She kept them 99 to hatch.

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