This is my first time trying to hatch eggs with a broody mama. Today is day 23. No hatching, no pipping. Started with 16 eggs, were at 10 as of day 21, and today, only 8 eggs remain in the nest. I found some empty shells, figured there were too many in the nest and some broke and the mama ate them. Very surprised today though, after they should have already hatched, to find only 8.
I float tested the 8 eggs today, all floated about 25% or less above the water. I took that as a good sign, until I read more into the float test, that it might not actually tell me anything. I compared with an unfertilized egg and it floated exactly the same, so I'm not trusting the test anymore.
I really really really want these babies to hatch, but I'm worried that they are not viable and the mama will just keep eating them until there are none left. How long should I let this go on?? She's been very dedicated to sitting on her nest, I was hoping she would make a good mama. She's also looking really haggard, skinny, comb is dry - she's been sitting for a total of about 5 weeks (about two weeks on her own unfertilized nest before we bought the 16 fertilized eggs for her to hatch).