HELP! Broody hen left eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Vhope77, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Vhope77

    Vhope77 Chirping

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    my broody hen has been sitting on her eggs for four days now and she left to eat and got confused and sat on some different eggs instead of her batch usually I collect eggs throughout the day but today I got busy and it slipped my mind . When I went to check on her she was on different eggs and hers had went cold! It is 0 degrees Celsius so they were very cold I assume she had been off them 2-3 hours but could be as long as 6- 12 hours I put her back on then and she instantly sat on them again but I am worried they will not hatch because they got so cold!
     
  2. justin24

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    Candle in a few days and see if they viable if not get her some fresh eggs
     
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  3. Vhope77

    Vhope77 Chirping

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    Will do!
     
  4. justin24

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    Update??
     
  5. Vhope77

    Vhope77 Chirping

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    Candled and I’m pretty sure three out of 6 are alive will leave them for a few more days and check again before I take out the three that I’m sure won’t make it
     
  6. justin24

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    Ok yayy
     
  7. Vhope77

    Vhope77 Chirping

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    Yes I am happy that some made it I’m sure the cold is what killed the other three I have been having very high fertility rate and hatching rates with my eggs I am using incubators but I took advantage of the broody hen
     
  8. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Crowing

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    incubating eggs are remarkably resilient. they tend to slow down and then suspend metabolism when left and if heat returns within about 12 hours, often development will pick right back up where it left off, delaying hatching by as many hours but not causing malformations or fatalities. the impact is much less devastating than having a close but incorrect temperature throughout. always worth a try!
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I always set my Broody up in a crate so the other Hens can't get into her nest. I lock her in and let her out each day or every second day to eat, drink and poop.
     
  10. Vhope77

    Vhope77 Chirping

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    Thank you all for your advice
     

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