Hen left nest...now what?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JDchicks, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. JDchicks

    JDchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My brahma hen went broody for the first time.

    She sat on the weeks for about a week / week and half, then gave up. I have been working some overtime and had my teenager son feeding. And he neglected to say she was camped on a nest. So, not sure on the actual time she started.

    I moved the eggs into an incubator. They have been there for a week.

    Here is the status:

    2 nothing, no air sac
    4 small dark mass, no veining yet, small air sac
    1 medium dark mass, veining, possible movement (or could just be my eyes), nice size air sac
    1 complete black, large air sac, (looks like my eggs -in the past - on the last few days before hatching.)

    Any suggestions?
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  2. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess just wait and see what happens...nothing else to do really.
     
  3. JDchicks

    JDchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I leave the darkest egg in there and if pips moved to a higher humidity incubator for hatching? Or move it now and hope not to drown it with too much humidity?


    Also looking for opinions.

    Plus, kinda scared it may be a bacteria filled egg. Is there anything to look for if it is?
     
  4. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    The eggs could have started incubation at different times, for instance the hen could have been broody for a few days, then a different hen goes in the nest box and lays an egg. That new egg will be well behind the rest in incubation. I would just incubate and see what happens, theres not much you can really do when you don't know whats going on inside the egg. Hope it all turns out good [​IMG]
     
  5. JDchicks

    JDchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the help
     

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