Eggs that have been set on by a broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NYChicks345, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. NYChicks345

    NYChicks345 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2011
    Danube, NY
    I have about 20 eggs that have been set on for aorund 23 hrs. by a broody hen. Are they still safe to eat. At what stage does a fertile egg start to become a baby chick. From what I understand it is around 5 to 7 days, however at what point should poeple not eat eggs that have been set on by a broody hen?
  2. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2011
    Tooele, Utah
    I would say they are still okay to eat. I had a grandmother that would use them. I know some here may not agree with it, but you could always crack open the eggs over a little bowl before adding them to something and pick out any little "icky" parts you might encounter [​IMG]

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