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We have a Silkie who has been on one egg for 18 days today. We prepared her a box with food, water, and shavings on the office upstairs to prepare for hatching and get her out of the coop in case the other birds didn't do well with the chick. We moved her last night when everyone went to bed. She put her egg back under her once she got over being ticked at the move....a couple minutes. This morning my husband checked on her. She had moved closer to where the food was but the egg was beside her. He put it back under her. I checked her a little later and she was still sitting on it. I'm concerned she's rejected the egg. But everything I read said to separate the hen and egg from everyone else at some point.
 

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Still sitting. End of Day 18. Candled. Air sac looks good. Thought I saw movement.
 

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Sorry, I'm no help.

I'm more of a let Mother Nature do her thing. I let the hen do her job and I do not candle ... If the hen were to reject an egg, it is for a reason.
 

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We moved my two girls who are silkie sisters a week before and they did great. 3 eggs - 100% hatch. The chicks are 4 days old now. - Tracy
 

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Day 19 begins. Such a good Mama.

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If she has indeed rejected an egg, it would be because it was rotten or has a defect that she can sense. F you candled it and saw movement, she probably hasn't rejected it so I wouldn't bother with her too much. She may have just moved closer so she could eat while sitting on the egg at the same time. Good luck!
 
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