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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bridgetteanne, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. bridgetteanne

    bridgetteanne Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a broody hen who hatched 2 eggs last Saturday , she still had 7 under her. she was sitting on them fine, so i thought. I went out there today and the eggs are cold. can i save them or are they done for?????? i have a heat lamp on them right now. just wanting to know if its a lost. [​IMG] help would be great.
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Once a hen hatches her first eggs she usually will get up and leave the nest a short time later. Your eggs probably didn't survive. You could try candleing them to see if you see any movement. Heat lamp will not keep the eggs evenly warm. [​IMG]
     
  3. bridgetteanne

    bridgetteanne Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:how warm do they have to be??? i just moved the lamp up because i thought the eggs were getting HOT.
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Don't give up. I was 2 weeks into incubation. The temp in the incubator was 78 degrees when I discovered it. I put the incubator on a battery pack with an inverter and brought the temp back up. I still had a good hatch. It takes time for the internal temperature in the eggs to cool down or heat up so I don't think that will really affect the hatch.

    Have you candled the eggs? I did candle mine and saw movement. I thought they wouldn't survive but I got a surprise.
     
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  5. Stuck in the Coop

    Stuck in the Coop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They need to be 99.5 degrees ideally. You should candle them first to see if there is even a chance. Collect them, take to a dark closet and shine a really bright light into them. If the others hatched, these should be ready too also so you won't see much except almost full egg and hopefully movement.
     
  6. bridgetteanne

    bridgetteanne Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:They need to be 99.5 degrees ideally. You should candle them first to see if there is even a chance. Collect them, take to a dark closet and shine a really bright light into them. If the others hatched, these should be ready too also so you won't see much except almost full egg and hopefully movement.

    ok i Candle them, with a flash light. all but two were liquid. the two that weren't , i could not see much just the top of the egg. but it looked nothing like a chick. is that what im suppose to see??? there was no movement.
     
  7. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An egg with a chick in it will look very full and dark when candled. It's common not to see movement at this point because the chick is squished into the available space so tightly.
     
  8. bridgetteanne

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    Quote:so i can smile [​IMG] I have two that might hatch. [​IMG] Can i do this with a heat lamp. that's all i got. i don't think any of my chickens will sit. and mama has the two to look after now.
     
  9. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

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  10. bridgetteanne

    bridgetteanne Out Of The Brooder

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    here is what im thinking, what if i wrapped them in a towel like a nest. and had the heat lamp on them. that what, they stay nice and warm. do you think that will work?? also i often do i have to turn them?????
     

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