Hi I'm new here and I was wondering something. If a chicken abandons her nest and there are eggs in there that have not hatched yet but you are certain that they are developing, then what should I do? Can I put them under another chicken that is nesting or will that disrupt her nesting "cycle". If I don't have a heat lamp but plan on getting one, how long do I have until the unhatched chicks die? I just hate the thought of those poor chicks being abandodned like that. Another question that I have is: Is there a magic number when it comes to how many eggs a hen will wait for in terms of hatching? Both of my hens have abandoned their nests at 9 chicks.