Are my eggs still good?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BirdGirl2004, May 21, 2017.

  1. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys! I currently have a broody Australorp and I she is on her 5th day of hatching eggs, but this morning when i went in to the coop i saw that a light wooden board had landed on them. They are not cracked but she couldn't get on them to lay on them. When i touched the eggs they weren't super cold but they weren't warm either. Just wanted to know if they were still good. As soon as i lifted up the board she went and sat right on them. She really is a good mother, she only gets up about once a day! Thanks!
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Won't hurt to leave them and see what happens.
    Have you candled them at all yet?
     
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  3. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, this is my first time EVER having a broody hen or even trying to hatch out eggs at all! I don't have a candler either i was just going to let her sit for 21 days to find out!! All though the other day and egg fell out of the nesting boxes and cracked, so naturally i picked it up and opened it and there was a bunch of veins and a little chick, (keep in mind that i opened it at 3 or 4 days.)
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    They should be fine. Happy hatching.
     
  5. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much! Hope they're ok!! Mama is now sitting on eggs and they are very warm. will try to candle tonight with a phone flashlight.
     
  6. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    since i have mostly eggs that are brown i had a hard time seeing in to them, but one of my leghorn eggs i could see in REALLY well and there were veins everywhere and looked pretty good!!
     
  7. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well guys, i went out to the coop this morning and there were only 5 eggs that she was sitting on!! She started out sitting on 12, then about 3 or 4 broke because of her weight and falling out of the box, then they just started disappearing and i didn't really think anything of it because hey, i still have 7 eggs right? But then when the 2 went missing last night i'm really getting worried! Now i am down to any 5 eggs, and i don't even no if they are all even fertilized. ANY HELP? Thanks.
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    If you can't candle them, about the only other thing you can do is wait it out. I'd suggest looking closely at your coop to see where a rat or maybe a snake might be getting in and stealing your eggs.
     
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  9. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, the nesting boxes are about 3-4 feet up!!!
     
  10. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay, that sounds good... (might be too high but a rat can't get 'em.)

    Is there any way the eggs can fall out?
    If so, they might have and other chickens ate them.
     

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