- May 30, 2013
Hi, we live on a river bank and our local moorhen breeds by our house every year. This year, she's had no luck. Her first clutch was washed away in a storm, and she laid another. She's been on them for 3 weeks, and today I went to check on her and found her dead in the water. I waded out and the eggs were cold, dad is nowhere to be seen. We had a dead duck in the water a few days ago also, so I don't know if they're related, but I now have a nest of 5 cold moorhen eggs. Apparently they incubate for ~20 days (19-23 days seen on different sites), so they should have been ready to hatch any day now. I've brought them in and put them in my brinsea mini, I candled some and I can see a dark mass in the eggs which makes sense as there should be whole chicks in there. I couldn't see any movement, but they were cold at the time. Any advice? She can only have been dead for a day max, any idea if there's still a chance of them hatching?