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

  1. gemma24

    gemma24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2016
    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]
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015
    Yes. There is a very good chance the eggs are still alive at that stage.
  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    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.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2016

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