Will my broody Silkie sit on any breed of fertilized egg?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tina McChook, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. Tina McChook

    Tina McChook In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2017
    Hi Team,

    I have had my 4 gorgeous silkie hens for a couple of months now. One of them is broody and I am considering getting her fertilized eggs to sit on. My questions are: will she sit on, for example, eiser brown fertilized eggs, and how/where do I purchase fertilized eggs??

    Thanks in advance oh wise chicken people :D.

  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Songster

    Dec 12, 2014
    Pacific Northwest
    Yes she will sit on pretty much any egg given to her. You can find fertile eggs on places like craigslist, facebook, amazon or even on here! :)
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Tina McChook, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Best of luck with your hatching! [​IMG]
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us.

    Best wishes
  5. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    If' it's roundish, they will sit. My New Hampshire hen hatched 6 ducklings. She treated them as if they were her own chicks. Another hen sat on a goose egg, but it ended up not being fertile.

    Welcome to BYC
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Best of luck to you and thanks for joining us!
  7. Tina McChook

    Tina McChook In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2017
    Thanks so much everyone. I feel so sorry for her - she seems depressed, & wont leave the nesting box.

  8. Tina McChook

    Tina McChook In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2017
    Oh, just one other thing, how many eggs should I get? Is two enough for her?
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Tina [​IMG] Welcome!

    The number of eggs she can sit on depends on what you decide to give her. She should be able to cover 5-6 bantams eggs with ease but if they are LF eggs, the number would need to be less.

    Two is OK but you do run the risk of neither of them being viable and her not having any babies to nurture at the end of her 3 weeks of hard work. I recommend at least 4 to increase these odds.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2017
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Tina, Welcome to Backyard chickens. Teila has given you excellent advice, she has beautiful bantam hens.
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