Heres my story- we had an AWOL Brahma hen who we discovered was setting on a huge clutch out in the weeds. Most of them I tossed because they were early quitters or clear. Anyway, today was (I think) around day 18 and we woke up to find her hanging out with the other birds instead of on her nest . When I checked the remaining eggs in her nest, they were all cold. I took them inside and candled. Out of 6, only one still had veins that were visible. I tossed all but one, and put it (the one with veins) in the incubator which happens to be running. My questions are: is there any chance the others were still alive? I hope I didnt kill them (oh, btw, the ones I tossed ALL smelled bad ). How soon after a late-term chick, does the veining disappear? How can I tell if this remaining egg is still alive? Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom. UPDATE: Tonight, when I went to candle, I found it had pipped!!! I quickly moved it to the hatcher, and I can hear the little darling chirping! I will be that he/she makes it after all it's been through. So, in fact, the egg was on about day 21 and still had very visible veins around the top of the aircell. Im so glad I didnt toss it out with the others!