Chicks eight hours in cold surviving?

Y master

Chirping
Feb 5, 2018
94
70
98
Hello everyone,
We were away for a night and hired someone to look after our chooks (and pigs) and we told her not to take the eggs out from the broody hen when she collects the eggs... But she did and put them in a bowl in a tub in the rain. She collected the eggs this morning so it's been about eight hours since they've had any warmth and it's day 18. I opened one (and found out these were the eggs from under broody) to a chick that was starting to hatch (or that the lady broke the egg when putting the eggs in the bowl) but died. I threw that egg out (because it was dead) and put the others back under the broody hen .Is there any way they could've survived eight hours in the cold on day 18?
Thanks .
 

Blooie

Team Spina Bifida
6 Years
Feb 25, 2014
17,197
32,590
827
Northwestern Wyoming
My Coop
My Coop
Believe it or not, yes! I have a friend whose incubator was out due to inadvertently leaving the cover off her incubator for something like 12 or 14 hours, and she still had a great hatch. Others have reported eggs still hatching after the coop and a nest being totally flooded - in one case as in the nest floated away, leaving the eggs. Giver her a chance...,if you toss them all then that’s a guarantee they won’t have a chance.
 

Y master

Chirping
Feb 5, 2018
94
70
98
Believe it or not, yes! I have a friend whose incubator was out due to inadvertently leaving the cover off her incubator for something like 12 or 14 hours, and she still had a great hatch. Others have reported eggs still hatching after the coop and a nest being totally flooded - in one case as in the nest floated away, leaving the eggs. Giver her a chance...,if you toss them all then that’s a guarantee they won’t have a chance.
Thank you! I have them back under her and listened to one of the eggs which sounded like pecking or a heartbeat.
 

sumi

Rest in Peace 1980-2020
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
39,154
26,149
1,302
I had a broody hen misplace an egg once and it rolled out of the coop and into the rain, where it laid, drenched and cold, for a few hours, before I found it. I slipped it back under the hen and it hatched out fine 3 days later. Chick embryos are incredibly tough little things!
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom