HELP!! Anyone else ever put a 14-day embryo in the refrigerator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SpringChickens, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Ok... here's my story! (I'm not sadistic, promise!!)

    My daughter and her friend are playing at the house, and they decide they want to gather eggs. Ok, sure, no problem - I do warn them not to take the egg from under the broody hen.

    They come running back in with the eggs and say that they left the broody alone. Good job girls! We put the eggs in the refrigerator and didn't think anything of it.

    So today, I go out and gather eggs - the broody's off her nest, so I think that it will be a great opportunity to candle her egg (yes, I'm mean, I just gave her one). Huh... the egg that I marked for her isn't in the coop... that's not good.

    Sure enough, I go inside and look at the eggs the girls brought in yesterday and there's the broody's egg, she must have been off the nest and someone else must have been laying when the girls went out there!

    I run back out and put it in the coop, but I have no idea if it has a chance or not. I feel horrible!! I should have checked the eggs that they brought in closer! [​IMG]

    Anyone have any ideas? Does it even stand a chance?
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2011
  2. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    Don't think so , but maybe someone with more exp. Will chime in.
  3. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last year my sister, yes a full grown adult woman, came in with eggs... and stated she'd 'found some older ones' and I thought nothing of it. She said they were dirty...
    well, a week later, I cracked one for making brownies... YUKKKOOO!!!
    embryo in the mix...
    I felt horrible...
    and , I had to toss a couple dozen eggs cause they were mixed up and I couldn't bear to worry about whether one I cracked was developing or not...
    it happens...
    I'm so sorry...
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Yes they have a chance. I have had eggs cool that cold for 24 hours an still hatch later.
  5. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

    May 30, 2008
    Washington State
    Did the broody go back to the nest and get back on her egg?
  6. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Thanks for the words of encouragement.

    Yes, the broody is currently sitting on the egg. She had just gotten up to eat/drink/dust bathe... now just to wait to see if it actually hatches.

    Wish me luck!
  7. chicken-owner-31

    chicken-owner-31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    [​IMG]:fl Stranger things have happened!
  8. teresa-78

    teresa-78 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2010
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  9. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

    Nov 5, 2010
    Australia :)
    Good luck and keep us posted. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. dianneS

    dianneS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    South Central PA
    Yes, do keep us posted. I'd be curious to find out. I've had developing eggs end up in my fridge, but I never tried to return them to the hen.

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