How long can a hen be off the nest?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ceeceeholt, May 21, 2012.

  1. ceeceeholt

    ceeceeholt Songster

    Aug 17, 2011
    My second leghorn to go broody, got on the wrong nest some time today. My were question is, how long can she be off the eggs before they are no longer viable? I was gone most of the day and when I came back she was on the wrong nest. The eggs were not cold, but they were not warm. Anyone know? Thank you all
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Given the present temperatures, I am fairly certain that the eggs if fertile will still hatch. Understand that if this keeps happening the end result may be far different.

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