broken egg under broody (other eggs still ok?)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mooman, May 12, 2008.

  1. mooman

    mooman Dirty Egg Eater

    Apr 9, 2008
    Marietta, SC
    I found a second broken egg under my broody hen yesterday. The other three eggs now have dried goop on them. When the hen jumped down to get some water I put in fresh nesting material and replaced the eggs (careful to keep the same orientation). I also added the last two fertile eggs that I have.

    Will the goop harm the eggs?

    The new eggs are three days behind the goop covered ones. Will she keep setting until they are hatched or give up if and when the first three hatch?
  2. jessica117

    jessica117 Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    SE Tennessee
    You have an increased risk of bacteria growing inside the eggs, but I've had them turn out fine with broken goop on them. I wouldn't worry too much. Unfortunately, I would say that she will abandon the nest after the first eggs hatch. If you watch close and can have a bater ready, even a make shift one, you should be alright. Just make sure you have it really humid.

    Hope this helps!


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