Incubating eggs that have been sat on by a broodie.

Rocky Road

Chirping
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May 14, 2011
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I just candled my eggs last night that are due on Mothersday and over 50% showed little to nothing there :(. Now I have a theory but I was wondering if anybody knew if this would affect the eggs. I have two broodie hens that sit in the favorite egg laying corner. I am at work all day and collect eggs when I get home or after dinner. I was wondering if the time that they sat on those eggs (I would estimate 6-8hrs) it would "start" the egg and then when I put them in the turner until its full those eggs would "die". Anybody know anything about this? I've hatched many batches and never had this problem before. Also when I open the eggs almost all are always fertilized that I can see.
 

pichuris

Chirping
7 Years
May 15, 2012
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The embryos will start to grow if you crack an egg open you would see a little tiny blood spot the size of a pin head. How long after collecting eggs do you then but them in the bator? Me personally I wouldn't wait more then a day then you have a better chance. HTH
 

Rocky Road

Chirping
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May 14, 2011
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the ones I cracked open don't have any signs of blood spots. None of my eggs do. I collect until my turner is full and then turn it on (3 days tops). I'm starting to think that maybe my rooster isn't doing his job!
 

ColbyNTX

Songster
10 Years
May 2, 2009
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It really shouldn't be a problem to put them in the turner a few days after the hen sat on them a few hours. I do it all the time and have great hatches. It could be several things. Your rooster, too warm where you store them or your incubator?
 

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