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None of the eggs are hatching?

 
matt dee
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Hey, i have nine hens and one Silkie rooster. I don't know his age, stupid i know :/
I've a one year old Marans and a five year old Oprington hatching eggs. I candled all their eggs ( 16 ) ( My oprington is a big girl and a bit of a hoarder) and not one of the eggs will hatch. My Silkie rooster still goes after the hens, and fathered chicks two years ago to another Silkie hen ( unfortunately her two chicks were crushed and she died herself a few months ago to unknown causes)
is it hard crossing Silkies with other breeds? Or am i just terrible unlucky?
thanks for any advice
 
Jay Green
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The older the birds, the less fertile they become....just like in us humans. Get younger birds for a more successful hatch rate.
 
Terri Matthews
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How many days were the eggs incubated before you candled them?

I can usually tell by day 5 if they will hatch, but only if the eggs are white. I have never been any good at candling brown eggs.
 
matt dee
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10 days old, i wanted to make sure
 
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