Do eggs die if they aren't sat on for 2-3 days?


In the Brooder
Sep 20, 2016
I had 7 eggs under my broody and they've been growing but 2 days ago she stopped sitting on them and won't go near them. I collected them but I don't have an incubator. Another hen went broody tonight though and if they are still able to be saved I'll put them under her tomorrow. Here's a picture of 3 of the eggs she's been sitting on and 1 that was just laid today by another bantam.

Lady of McCamley

Free Ranging
11 Years
Mar 19, 2011
NW Oregon
While a couple of days of non-setting makes it likely that the chicks have died, having become too cold, if your temps are warm, there is a chance.

I've been amazed at how chicks can come back after being stone cold.

It's worth a try. Put them under her tonight and then candle again in a few days. Watch for weeping or stinking eggs as the decomposing chick will go bad pretty quickly.


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