About a week and a half ago, one of our hens went missing. Well yesterday our pipes froze under the house because its been so cold and, when we went to fix the leak, we found momma hen under the house sitting on 17 eggs. We had to relocate her so that we could correctly fix the broken pipe and prevent further damage. We moved her after dark into a crate and took her and the nest up to the coop and then we went to go get parts for the busted pipe and when we came back home, we found the eggs abandoned and her up roosting with the other hens. I moved the eggs inside by the fire to try to warm them up but they got very cold. I candled the eggs and all of them are fertile so I am hoping that I will be able to save the little guys. Is there any hope for them after having gotten that cold for an hour or so? It was 20 deg outside when we got home. I don't have an incubator (we have always just let the hens do the work) but I monitored there temperature overnight and they kept about 95 deg (as warm as I had the means to keep them) all night long.
I am not very hopeful that these guys are going to make it but I couldn't let them go without at least giving it a shot. After this little fiasco, we are definitely putting getting an incubator very high on the priority list. Any input would be much appreciated.