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Is there still hope?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bbelflower, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. bbelflower

    bbelflower Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night sometime my broody hen left her 18 eggs. This morning they were all cold so reactively I just put them in an incubator. Is this a wasted effort or does anyone know if there's still hope?? Was gonna wait and candle them once we got some heat going through them again. Please advise. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It depends on how cold they actually got and how long they stayed cold. I’ve had a broody hen go back to the wrong nest. The eggs were really cold to the touch when I found her and put her back on the right nest. She hatched 11 out of 11 eggs so yes there is still hope. But it’s not a good thing to have happened.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. bbelflower

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    The eggs on the outside were really cold. It was 15° here this morning but they were in bedding and a coop with a heat lamp. She wasn't laying on them and didn't even come back in the coop once I walked out with the eggs. She's been sitting on a fence all morning. The eggs warmed up surprisingly fast when put in the incubator with heat and humidity. Thanks for your input. Keeping fingers crossed. One hatched out last night. [​IMG]
     
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  5. bbelflower

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    Very interesting readings! Offers a bit of encouragement! Thanks!! [​IMG]
     

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