Need help with orphan chicken eggs almost ready to hatch

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kitara5454, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. kitara5454

    kitara5454 Hatching

    Jan 7, 2015
    Hello, I am new to this site, I have been raising chickens for about 8 years now. I live in AZ in the desert on 5 acres. I have/had a beautiful black bantam whom I loved like family. She was killed early this morning by coyotes. I didn't realize she had a nest under a bush near the house. They all usually go into the coop at dusk after feeding and when my son closed the coop, he didn't check to see if they were all there. Long story short. We found a nest of 19 large brown eggs that when candled look almost ready to hatch. but she was killed around 4am and the eggs were without her for 4 hours in the cold. My question is: will they die due to being so cold for 4 hours? and almost ready to hatch. I brought them inside the house but don't know what to do from here. I do not have an incubator because I only used the eggs for food as they laid them. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen. Unless it is freezing, 4 hours cooling might cut down your hatch% but shouldn't have killed them all. For now I would put them in a container with/under a light bulb and try to get them around 100* asap then see if can you borrow an incubator, or most farm/feed stores sell really basic ones. You can also make homemade ones there are a lot of examples in the Design forum many just using a styrofoam cooler, a light bulb, a thermometer, and something for water to add humidity.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Oh, I am so sorry about your hen! [​IMG] Kelsie has given you some great advice and a great link to follow. Yes, as long as the eggs didn't freeze, this chill down of 4 hours won't hurt much. It will delay the hatch a bit, but most likely the chicks survived. See if you can't fashion up an incubator quick like to see if you can save them. You will need 65% to 75% moisture for hatching so several damp sponges will help the hatching process.

    Good luck and keep us posted!!
  4. kitara5454

    kitara5454 Hatching

    Jan 7, 2015
    Thank you very much for your advice.. I will try that
  5. kitara5454

    kitara5454 Hatching

    Jan 7, 2015
    Yes, Thank you and I will keep you posted....
  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry it's not under better circumstances and sorry to hear about the loss of your hen :hugs

    If you think the eggs are near hatching this shouldn't harm them too much as nearly fully developed chicks produce heat of their own. Although the eggs may have cooled it would take a longer period for the centre of egg to cool ie the chick. Hope you are able to make an incubator.
    Wishing you the very best of luck with these eggs :fl
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry about your hen! I hope you can save the eggs.
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Good luck with the orphaned eggs!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    sending good hatching vibes your way [​IMG][​IMG]
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!

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