Will it hatch??
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Good questions from cavemanrich.
In my experience, it takes a while before a hen becomes 100% committed to sitting. I usually leave my broody (I only have one broody that i keep for the sole purpose of sitting) until she has spent two days (and more importantly, nights) on the nest before giving her eggs to set. Just thought i would share that.
I'd suggest that you accumulate a few eggs and set them at the same time under her, rather than one. If she is 100% broody, she should sit without any eggs in the nest.
All the best
If the egg was cold, that suggests to me that your hen was just resting there rather than coddling the egg to keep it warm. JMO