Hey guys. So earlier this year my silkie hen laid a first batch of 9 eggs. Sadly they were all infertile. She then laid another batch of 14 eggs but again they failed. Now with her third batch I just need to ask some questions.
1. How long can an egg be in the nest without being sat on by the mother hen?
2. When candling an egg, do you candle it a few weeks after its been laid or do you candle it while the hen is sitting on them?
I'm kind of a beginner to looking after chickens so I dont really know a lot of things. Also with the previous batches of eggs, my hen took probably 3 or 4 weeks after the first egg was laid to finally sit on the nest along with more eggs that she laid. Would that mean the first egg has already gone bad?
Lastly, any tips on hopefully making this 3rd batch of eggs turn into chicks?