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how long can already sat on eggs go without broody sitting on?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickenclucker, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Chickenclucker

    Chickenclucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my broodies has been sitting on eggs for 2 weeks.. today I clean the coop and stupidly I set her out and she went back into the wrong nesting box with the wrong eggs.. it was only about 45 minutes until I went back outside and noticed and put her in the right box. Do you think the eggs are still viable? Thanks for any replies!
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard of people leaving the 'bator open for 45min to an hour and still having great hatch rates. Ride it out and see, the eggs are designed for the mother to leave to eat and drink once a day. If you are really worried than candle them, but I would just ride it out. You might want to ask over here to get better responses from people that hatch all the time:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/804680/august-hatch-a-long/2100#post_11839101
    Good Luck!
     

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