I had bought 15 at once from a guy because he refused to sell anything less than 12 eggs, ate 2 of them that were laid that day (they were delicious!) and then did two batches.
This second batch had 7 eggs, 2 of which I dispatched very early on, as I had bought a welsummer to produce brown eggs, and need to keep my flock small. 2 eggs had clearly stopped developing around day 10 of incubation, so now I'm left with 3 eggs (2 olive, 1 blue) incubating. They were suppose to hatch yesterday.
I am petsitting, so I'd been home infrequently to turn the eggs and had asked on a couple occasions for someone else to turn them for me. On Sunday, I alerted one of those people that the eggs were on lockdown and not to touch them. Well, on Sunday, the other person who had turned them for me came back from a trip, and I forgot to alert them to the lock out as well.
I assumed they thought me asking for help was on a request basis, not a routine. I checked on the eggs earlier on the hatch date, nothing. Then I checked them again a hour ago, and they had been turned.
They might have been turned all throughout the lockdown, without me knowing. Perhaps this is the reason they are hatching late?? I candled them when I saw what was going on, and all 3 are still alive, I carefully put them back to the last position.
If they are late to hatch because they were turned during lockdown, should I help them out, or wait a bit and see? I don't want them to run out of nutrients or air being in there too long, especially if they might have gotten stuck in the wrong position.
Are they still viable?