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Broody hen question

Posted by allaroundgoatgirl (My Page) on
Mon, May 26, 08 at 12:52

I have a broody Silkie thats been sitting on 2 eggs for 3 days now.

I just got a few more eggs that I want to hatch, but is it too late to put them under her? I wouldn't want her to leave them after the first ones hatch.....

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RE: Broody hen question

Is it possible to replace the first two eggs with fresh ones, so they will all have the same hatch date?

Adding the eggs you just got is risky, she may set them but abandon them when the first 2 hatch. Do you have an incubator you could finish up the eggs in if she does? That way, when the eggs hatch, you could slip the fresh chicks under her at night, adding to the ones she already has.

Velvet ~:>

RE: Broody hen question

There is only one egg now that will hatch before the you think it would be ok to just take that chick away from her and put it in a brooder for a couple days until the rest hatch, and then slip it under her?

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