how long?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gemma24, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. gemma24

    gemma24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my broody hen was off her eggs for about 35 min, do you think the eggs are still alive? the eggs are about 18 days.[​IMG]
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. There is a very good chance the eggs are still alive at that stage.
     
  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That won't kill them. In fact it is natural (Unless there was some other problem with the eggs.) I sometimes use an incubator and from day 8 until day 18 it gets turned off from 30 minutes to 2 hours (Once I forgot to turn it back on and it was off longer---no problem) every day. Once the eggs are in lockdown the incubator is kept on. Supposedly you have a higher hatch rate doing this. Hatch rate with my own eggs is near 100%.
    A hen will leave her nest to eat. Usually towards the end when she can feel movement and hear peeping she'll sit tighter.
     
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