Jarred eggs, broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gus2pp, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. gus2pp

    gus2pp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let my broody hen out of her dog-kennel-nesting-box daily to dust bathe and eat. My two year old went in today and took all of the eggs out and put them in the regular laying boxes. I wasn't there to see how rough he may have been, but none of them were cracked at all. I put them back in their nest, and mamma is back on them now. They are on day 17 -- so, due to hatch next Tuesday. How much hope should I hold out that they will still hatch?
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I'm thinking that at 17 days of development they are pretty durable. If they weren't dropped or cracked, I believe that they will hatch. Good luck and give us an update.
     
  3. gus2pp

    gus2pp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So they should have hatched today, and none did. I'm bummed. How long should I wait before discarding them?
     
  4. Rainier

    Rainier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of the threads I've read on hatching say to wait until day 25, some go longer.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Still hoping for you.
     
  6. gus2pp

    gus2pp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have two little hatchlings o far this morning!!! They are both chipmunk colored, and were still wet when I peaked -- so its hard to know which breeds hatched. I had some mutts from my flock (GLW roo over GLW, BR, or gold sexlinks), some EE, and some austrolorps. I'm glad she has at least two babes! *hoping for more*
     
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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    There you go! [​IMG]
     
  8. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay! I'm glad you got some babies. [​IMG] Hopefully the others are just "sleeping in" and will come out later on today. [​IMG]
     
  9. gus2pp

    gus2pp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled this morning, and couldn't detect and movement at all in the remaining eggs. None of them had even pipped. So I broke them open and had four perfectly formed, dead chicks, and two that were early quiters. We had two EE hatch, one austrolorp, and one I have no idea. It's a beautiful mahogany color, maybe another EE? It doesn't have a muff, though. So not sure. Glad we got the four at least. Seeing the ones that died in their shells does make you sad, though, doesn't it?
     
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  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm glad you at least got four! For that very reason, I have quit breaking open the ones that didn't hatch. Sometimes they are just too weak or there is a deformity or something else that I can't see.
     

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