My silkie is sitting on eggs

by Dyan
(Reno NV)

Tasha and I

Tasha and I

My black silkie chicken is sitting on 10 eggs. How many eggs can I expect to hatch?

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May 27, 2011
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How many eggs is to many!
by: Deb

I have a silkie that is broody and at the present is sitting on 15 eggs.

How many can she set on and hatch them?

Feb 20, 2010
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Thanks
by: Dyan

She is sitting on all her girlfriends eggs from the same day. I marked them so she couldn't sneak new eggs into the nest. She does that... she is pushing everyone's eggs into her nest. LOL I should know soon how this is going to work out. I am expecting them 25th or 26th... if the 21 days is correct? Fingers and toes crossed!

Feb 20, 2010
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how many will hatch
by: Jon White

In my experience, anywhere from 0-10. Sorry to be so vague, but there are so many variables. Breeding chickens can be really disappointing at times, but at other times it can be really easy. If all the eggs were set at the same time, handled well, collected at a time when the rooster had been mating regulary and incubated during a time of relatively stable temperatures, then you have a good chance of a high percentage. Maybe as many as 8. Silkies seem to have pretty good fertility, in my experience. However, if the eggs just naturally built up and the hen started sitting, and then more eggs were added from other chickens, you will get a much lower percentage. The eggs will be different ages. Some will hatch and the hen will leave the nest and look after the new chicks. Any unhatched eggs with developed embryos will die. In this instance, I have put unhatched eggs under other broody chooks and they have hatched in the next few days. The hen will adopt them no worries.

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