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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:57 pm 
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The chicks are just over 4 weeks old. Today I discovered that mussie mum has laid 10 eggs but she is still happily being 'mumsie'.
I find it interesting that she lets the chicks ride on her back all the time, yet it is not something I've seen ducklings do.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:20 pm 
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I was really gratified to find this post.

We've had a silkie sitting on eggs. She started looking like she would change her mind after 1 week, because she could hear someone else's chicks peeping away. She seemed to be spending more time looking for these chicks than actually sitting on her own nest. (grrr)
By the time her clutch got to 12 days, we estimated she had spent less than half of the time sitting, and two nights in a row, she slept elsewhere, not on the eggs. I took the eggs to the kitchen, thinking I would boil them up and feed them to the chooks, believing they were definitely haddit.
So, they were in the pot ready to go on the stove, when I noticed they were all floating and some of them were moving.. 
Better candle them, she says....... :oops:
Not too sure about the development, but clearly something in all of them....
So, I went out and BOUGHT an incubator. (these are going to be expensive chickens, if they hatch, you think?) ;-)
The development has definitely progressed since incubation, along with a rotten one, which I am glad
we could identify......., except:
It now looks like one is on time for its 18 days, while two look like they are perhaps 3-4 days behind. I removed them from the egg turning thingy and started a form of "lock down", except, shouldn't the other less developed eggs still be turned?
I am opening the incubator 3-4 times a day to turn all the eggs, and, 
I am monitoring the water as humidity could decrease too much with the extra opening AND I realize this is all a compromise from the get go, ....... But...
 Does anyone have any advice? :help:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:49 pm 
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By the time they are about 14 days into incubation it is not really necessary to turn so i would stop at about day 19 as a compromise. Boost up the humidity and sit on your hands.
btw - an Incubator - now you're serious :rofl:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:31 pm 
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Serious? Yes, I guess so. Except everyone else in my family seems to have known this before I did. :)
Now I have agreed to raise a clutch for my friend..... :o
thanks for thoughts...... Will let nature do it's thing after tomorrow, being 19 days....... :thumbs:


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