a bit confused

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by childofgod, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. childofgod

    childofgod New Egg

    Nov 11, 2013
    Hello, I am new to the chicken raising situation, and am in a bit of a quandary..I have 2 bantams that have been sitting on eggs for over a month..they share the box they are in..they have "been with the rooster" so to speak, but, I am not sure if the eggs are fertile or not. I know they have the same eggs and have not layed any more in over a month..I don't see any signs of hatching..I am at a loss as to what to do with the eggs..should I leave them alone in the hopes that they will make baby chicks, or throw them out? I hate to take them away from them if they are fertile only to see a baby chick...but, at the same time, if they are not...I hope it makes sense. Like I said, I am new to all of this, and am in a quandary as to what to do...it's been over a month since the last egg was laid..
    can anyone help me? my email address is [email protected] thank you so very much and god bless. katheryn heien.[​IMG]
  2. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    you can candle them to see if any devolpment has occurred, but it only takes 21 days to incubate a chicken egg. having said that I would throw them out.
    you can make a candler by putting a box over a lamp with a hole in the top a little smaller than size of the egg so if won't fall through. tape up box so no light comes out except for the egg hole.
    Then go into dark room and put egg over the hole to see inside the egg.
    Welcome and enjoy BYC!
    Steve :frow
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2013
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You could tap gently on the eggs and see if they wiggle or chirp in response. Usually a hen knows if the eggs are bad and kicks them out. If you have a good flashling you could try candaling with ii in a dark room.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Agree with everybody else your best bet is to try candling them if you don't hear any cheeping when you tap them. But if you are sure it has been over a month that they have been sitting on the eggs, they are most probably bad. The BYC Learning Center article shows how to candle and what you should see. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
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  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
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    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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