Eggs left in the cold

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SparrowSong, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. SparrowSong

    SparrowSong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody hen was sitting on eggs when we decided to move her to a safer, more protected spot. We moved her/them at night and I stayed with her a while to make sure she would stay with the new nest, but when we woke up, she had abandoned the eggs to move back to the old nest. I don't know how long the eggs were left, but it was very cold (around freezing.)
    My son put the eggs back under her, but I don't think they'll hatch. What are the chances? They were due to hatch in 3 days when we moved her. She is still sitting on them. (They'd be due to hatch tomorrow.)
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Sorry, odds are they died, but you never know, give them a few days before you decide they aren't going to hatch. I will wait until most of the eggs have hatched before moving the broody because they will often do what yours did. So sorry again.
     
  3. SparrowSong

    SparrowSong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. Lesson learned. We've never hatched before so won't make that mistake again. I hope they hatch but we'll see.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Wishing you luck.
     
  5. SparrowSong

    SparrowSong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a chick this morning! I can't believe it. It's black and silver, with gray eyes. Wish I could post a pic, but the option isn't here that I can find. Hopefully more chicks to come!
     
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  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    That is wonderful news, keep me updated.
     
  7. SparrowSong

    SparrowSong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah! Finally I can upload a photo. 3 chicks so far! They all look like this:

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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    So adorable, the mom must of not been off the nest too long, and with the chicks being so close to hatch they must have maintained enough heat, I'm so happy for you, I did fear the worse, hope they all hatch.
     
  9. SparrowSong

    SparrowSong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!!! :)
     
  10. deapot2

    deapot2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yay! So happy it worked out!
     

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