What's your largest clutch ever???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brx017, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. brx017

    brx017 Out Of The Brooder

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    My silkie hen "Flossie Mae" just started laying a few weeks ago, and she's steadily laid nearly an egg a day. Hearing how broody silkies are, I just left the eggs in the nest waiting for her to start sitting (or is it setting?). Well, the eggs just kept piling up, and yesterday I finally decided to give up and clean the nest box out. I go out to the coop, flip the lid open on the nest box and there she is! I just left her alone.

    I went out tonight to see if she's still sitting, and she still is. I picked her up off the eggs to count them... 24!!! TWENTY-FOUR! I cant believe it. She seems to be covering them fairly well, but I doubt they'll all make it. I'll try candling them this weekend and see if any of them are developing, and cull the rest. I'd be surprised if I get a 50% hatch.

    Anyway, I'm just wondering what yall's largest clutches have been, and how successful they were???
     
  2. runsw/scissors

    runsw/scissors Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a barnyard banty mix that set on 16 eggs and hatched and raised 10 of them. I was impressed!

    Good luck to yours!
     
  3. clucksbc

    clucksbc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow impressive...hope it all goes fantastic for you...[​IMG]
    I have a silkie...
    and have been very surprised how well she has layed...
    I have an austrolp(how ever you spell it)...thinking she would be a good layer...
    but no...it is the silkie...get 5-6 eggs from her a week...
    don;t know how well she wll do through winter but so far going strong..
     
  4. brx017

    brx017 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, it took her a long time to lay it seemed (8 months or so), but she's laid around 6 a week since she started. I was surprised how large they are too. I mean, they're not store-bought size, but they're not REALLY small as I expected.
     
  5. joshyoua_rine

    joshyoua_rine Out Of The Brooder

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    24 silkie eggs and two oegb eggs hehe thanks brx
     
  6. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    ive had 26 eggs, i beat you by 2 [​IMG]
     

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