Need help with eggs given to us! Advice please

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ahooge, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. Ahooge

    Ahooge Hatching

    Jun 1, 2016
    Hey y'all !
    We have a broody hen, with no rooster. So we decided to let her hatch some fertilized ages from a friends coop. She gave them to me yesterday. My question is this: The first 2 eggs she said was from 2 days ago & the other are from the night before she met me. So they weren't under a hen for 2 days basically. I immediately put them under out broody hen, but I am worried with them not being warm for those 2 days- will they hatch still?
    We have had chickens for 2/12 years but never hatched eggs so I'm new to this.
    Time Turner is doing very well with sitting, so that part is going well lol
    Tkx in advance !

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    They'll be fine. I've held eggs for more than 2 weeks while collecting for the incubator and still had good hatch rates. The recommended hold time is a week, after that fertility starts to decline.

    Good luck with your first hatch!
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Until incubated, they're in a state of suspended animation. The Blastoderm will be viable in the right conditions for up to 2 weeks but the sooner they set the better.
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