Silkies first egg

ChickenSquat

In the Brooder
12 Years
Dec 30, 2007
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8
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Social Circle,Ga
Actually, this is her second egg cause i broke the other to see if it was fertle or not. It was!!! So my ? is this, what do i do with it cause she not broody yet. do ileave it in the nest or what. please help.
 

redoak

Songster
11 Years
Feb 27, 2008
3,267
40
211
Russia, NY
Congrats on your first silkie eggs. What I've read on BYC is that you don't want to let chickens hatch their first eggs until the eggs get to be full size. Something about the small eggs not have alot of nutrition for the chicks.
 

Poulets De Cajun

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 14, 2008
5,251
82
309
Houston MetroMess, Texas
If she is a new layer, either eat the eggs, or throw them out. New eggs usually aren't very viable in the incubator, and if they are, problems are common.

Now this is the part you aren't going to like...

If she is a new layer she is still too young to be bred, so remove her from the rooster. You really shouldn't be breeding her until she is a little older. Her body is still developing, and early breeding can cause problems with her body, since she can't fully support the weight of the rooster.
 

Heather J

Songster
11 Years
May 29, 2008
955
1
141
Ah, I did not know that, another reason to get those boys out of the coop, dang it! (This is the coop build that never ends...) Thanks PouletsDeCajun!
 

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