and not get the broodies too upset? I have 3 hens that are sitting on several eggs------really too many eggs-----and I know some are bad (I can smell them when I check on them). If I candle the eggs, should I do it at night, or is any time of day o.k.? I don't want to upset the mommies too much and have them leave their nests----but I definately want to get the bad eggs out and give the rest a better chance to hatch. Edited to add: The eggs are around day 15. Unfortunately, the day they are supposed to hatch is the day I go back to work. Hopefully they will hatch on the weekend. I'm not sure of the exact day-----we were on vacation when the hens started sitting. This was entirely accidental----the person I hired to take care of all our beasts didn't know to collect the eggs (I probably forgot to tell him).