My brother-in-law’s chickens stopped laying so he needs more hens. I put six eggs under one Silkie hen and six under another Silkie hen about a week later. Silkie number one hatched out two chicks yesterday and two were throw away a day or two ago that we could smell were not viable …. rotten. yuk
We usually check the eggs about day 14 to see if they are fertilized and going to grow into a chick. I know after day 16, you are not suppose to move the eggs.
So far, Silkie momma #2 is still sitting on six eggs and hers are due to hatch on Thursday, six days from today. I didn’t plan this too well because I don’t really have two nurseries. Unfortunately, I am recovering from hip replacement surgery so building something right now is impossible. I figured out something to do temporarily until I see how many chicks the second momma has. If the first one only has the two and the second momma only has a few, I will give them all to one momma. Usually, all my eggs hatch out from my Barred Rock so I am a little puzzled why two went rotten and two still haven’t hatched out. My rooster definitely has his favorites out of the 8 hens he is with. The hens are about 18 months probably.
Well, I will update this post as the chicks hatch out. Don’t you love baby chicks. And these Silkie moms are the best. I hated hatching in an incubator….adjusting temperature and moisture. Made me crazy!