Hen abandoned nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by msmandyjo, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. msmandyjo

    msmandyjo New Egg

    Sep 7, 2015
    I was going to let my girls hatch some eggs, and figured Mother Nature would know better than I.
    I had a hen sit for a few days, and then she abandoned the nest. I got sick, and my husband didn't think to gather the eggs. When I went out yesterday, I discovered a few broken eggs and 33 intact eggs in the nest. They were covered in yolk, and abandoned, so I brought them in, and rinsed them off.

    Today, I went out, and the hen was back in her nest, and wouldn't let me see if she had anything. She was quite rude about it, so i assume she is going broody again.

    What do I do with the 33 eggs? Should I give them back to her? I'm afraid some might have started developing, but I'm not sure. Would they be viable? How can I tell?

    Id prefer to eat them, if they are still fresh, but I don't want to crack into them and find a half formed chick
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Please discard those eggs, they won't hatch are could be unsafe to eat. It's not worth getting sick for a few eggs.

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