Broody mumma has abandoned the last 2 eggs

L1sa

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So my amazing broody has hatched 4 out of 6 eggs. But the last 2 it appears have now been abandoned. She took her 4 babies out into the broody run today and left the eggs up in the coop all day, so I'm guessing they are no longer viable? The other 4 hatched pretty early, so I was suspicious of the other 2 languishing behind anyway.

It's sad as they were my only 2 Speckled Sussex.

Oh well, I'm thrilled with my 4.

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Pork Pie

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Can you hear any chirping coming from the eggs? If not, then yes its likely that your hen feels that they are no longer viable, or feels a greater need to take care of her chicks.
 

L1sa

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There was no sound coming from either of them, I candled and there is some blackness but not enough i don't think, and I float tested but no sign of any movement. So it's not looking good. I have still left them with her and now she's back in the coop, she's tucked them back under her, but she's been off them all day.
 

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