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my broody hen was off her eggs for about 35 min, do you think the eggs are still alive? the eggs are about 18 days.:(

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my broody hen was off her eggs for about 35 min, do you think the eggs are still alive? the eggs are about 18 days.:(

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Yes. There is a very good chance the eggs are still alive at that stage.

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my broody hen was off her eggs for about 35 min, do you think the eggs are still alive? the eggs are about 18 days.:(

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    That won't kill them.  In fact it is natural (Unless there was some other problem with the eggs.) I sometimes use an incubator and from day 8 until day 18 it gets turned off from 30 minutes to 2 hours  (Once I forgot to turn it back on and it was off longer---no problem) every day.  Once the eggs are in lockdown the incubator is kept on.  Supposedly you have a higher hatch rate doing this.  Hatch rate with my own eggs is near 100%.

     A hen will leave her nest to eat.  Usually towards the end when she can feel movement and hear peeping she'll sit tighter.


Edited by dekel18042 - 4/11/16 at 12:04pm
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