Earliest Sign Eggs Are Developing? (take # 2)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JekkaLynn, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. JekkaLynn

    JekkaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted a big long description in the hatch a long thread before realizing I put it in the wrong place so I will just be posting the pertinent information here.

    I have a pen of 2 frizzled bantam cochin hens with a silkie rooster.
    They all liked to sleep in a beat together.
    I didnt think any of the hens were laying.
    Yesterday I found my smallest hen brooding in the nest. I bribed her off the nest with a treat planning on throwing a couple eggs under her.
    Imagine my surprised to are a doubled stacked nest full of eggs! She layed down again before I could count them and today not even treats would get her off.
    Now I am wondering if any of the eggs are still good.
    What is the quickest and safest way for me to determine if any .pf the eggs has a chance?
    I considered just leaving them all since she is covering them all but I have other fertile eggs I want her to hatch if these are duds.
     
  2. Flutterbee

    Flutterbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can candle the eggs and see if there is anything inside of them. This post is very helpful when coming to that: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...g-candling-pics-progression-though-incubation I discovered that my hen was sitting on August 1st (though it could have been sooner) and I didn't bother extracting any of the eggs from her clutch. I'd leave them be, she may kick them out if she doesn't like them. Hope this helps :D
     
  3. salsan20

    salsan20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. JekkaLynn

    JekkaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So we got paid some money we were owed and so my Darling Hubby bought me an incubator and an automatic egg turner!
    I set it up last night and have been adjusting it since then.
    Today when I went out to get check the birds mama was off the nest getting a drink! I quickly grabbed all but 4 eggs and took them inside to candle them. There were two different sizes of eggs and I left 4 small ones under mama. When I candled the eggs I brought inside I found the smaller eggs were looking better then the big ones. I think I will switch 4 big ones for the 4 small ones later tonight or tomorrow morning.
    That poor little tiny half naked banty was laying on 18 eggs!!!
    I can't get a hydrometer until Saturday so I just put a tiny splash of water in the incubator for now. I am in Ontario and it is pretty humid.
    All the eggs showed some development when candled!
     

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