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Hen abandoned nest

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I was going to let my girls hatch some eggs, and figured Mother Nature would know better than I.
I had a hen sit for a few days, and then she abandoned the nest. I got sick, and my husband didn't think to gather the eggs. When I went out yesterday, I discovered a few broken eggs and 33 intact eggs in the nest. They were covered in yolk, and abandoned, so I brought them in, and rinsed them off.

Today, I went out, and the hen was back in her nest, and wouldn't let me see if she had anything. She was quite rude about it, so i assume she is going broody again.

What do I do with the 33 eggs? Should I give them back to her? I'm afraid some might have started developing, but I'm not sure. Would they be viable? How can I tell?

Id prefer to eat them, if they are still fresh, but I don't want to crack into them and find a half formed chick
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Please discard those eggs, they won't hatch are could be unsafe to eat. It's not worth getting sick for a few eggs.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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