Broody hen left eggs on day 18 for possibly overnight....is all hope lost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by slg2007, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. slg2007

    slg2007 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first time trying to hatch eggs with a broody. I found her off the eggs on the morning of day 18 and they were cold. Not sure if she was off all night or just for a few hours that morning. I had candled the eggs on day 16 and all looked viable. Now it's day 20 and no pipping so far. I am a worried mama! Is all hope lost or is there still a chance?
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    if the embryos were moving when you candled them hope might not be lost, just be aware that temp changes can really lower the hatch rate, if none pip by day 21 then i don't think they will. i'm sorry that happened!
     
  3. slg2007

    slg2007 Out Of The Brooder

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    Great news! Broody got off her nest for a bit today so I was able to see the eggs. One has definitely pipped, right at the 20 day mark so I guess there is still hope for the other 3.
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    great!
     

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