How long can eggs be left unincubated

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KirstenJL, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. KirstenJL

    KirstenJL Songster

    Jan 17, 2011
    Central Ohio
    Hi all. I'm a chicken newbie and I'm hatching eggs under a broody hen for the first time. I didn't separate her in a cage because it doesn't fit comfortably in the coop and she didn't seem to like it, so I left her in her nestbox. Today is Day 13 and she ended up in the wrong nest box. I'm guessing her eggs were exposed for about 4 or 5 hours. Are they goners, or could they still hatch? Should I just pitch them and start her on new eggs (she's now in a crate)? If there's a chance with the old eggs I would like to keep her on them since they were purchased and are breeds I don't have. Thanks!

  2. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    Give em back to her there is still a chance...

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