Abandoned eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by minna, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2008
    Burnsville, MS
    My dh's best friend has some neighbors that moved out about 2 weeks ago. They had some WILD game chickens and a few guineas. They were all wild and kind left to do their own thing without being messed with since birth. They left a few of them that they couldn't catch and he trapped them and I brought them home to let them free range, just so I knew they would be fed. The question is, he went out today and found a nest full of eggs. Who knows how long they have been abandoned. There is no telling which hen's nest it is. The last hen was only caught 2 days ago. What do you think the hatchability would be? Should i send my dh ought to collect them tomorrow and set them?
  2. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Hannibal, Missouri
    [​IMG] As long as they smell fine I would try it!!!!! [​IMG]

    If anything happens keep us up to date!!!
  3. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    i would deff try . You aint got nothing to loose !
  4. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    SW Washington
    I would be candling them before I put them in the incubator. Just so I'd know what to expect. If the hen was assembling a clutch and development hasn't begun, you should be good to go. If they are partly developed they are likely to have expired after cooling for two days. I might put them in for a while though just to make sure.
  5. Quote:I agree. We sucessfully hatched out wild game bird eggs in an incubator. We did not even think to candle them. I think we got 4 out of about 12 eggs. If you are succesfull you will just love these birds.

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