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Oh no!!! What can happen in a week

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kimber, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. Kimber

    Kimber In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2007
    SW Florida
    I was away having surgery and recovering. Came home to find no one had collected eggs in a week!

    3 nests full of eggs with one of them who may have had a broody hen on it. For how long I don't know.

    To complicate matters further, ds who was on chicken detail, just came in with a basket full of warm poopy eggs.....

    I don't know which ones came from the broody nest.


    So I took them into the closet and tried to candle them. Eight out of the 30 or so eggs had large dark spots from what I can tell. These are Amaracauna dark green eggs and hard to really see anything. And I really couldn't see any vessels.

    I had ds put the eight back under the hen, and will send ds out in a few hours to see if she is still setting.....

    I still can't get around well enough to check things out for myself....

    Im not even sure the other eggs will be okay for eating...

    What do you think?

    If I really do have a broody, should I start fresh, gathering today and tomorrows eggs and replace the old ones so I at least have a starting point?

    If none of this makes sense, I apologize....I'm still a little loopy from the meds......


  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    Throw`em all away and start over again. Or close your eyes and throw them all in the blender then cook them for your chickens.
  3. Kimber

    Kimber In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2007
    SW Florida
    Really, cook em and give em to the chickens?
  4. needtohatch

    needtohatch Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    Hart Co
    Quote:Yes, they love em and they are good for them. Lots of protein. We will also feed ? eggs to our dog.
  5. Kimber

    Kimber In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2007
    SW Florida
    Thanks, I just hope there's nothing growin in them yet:(
  6. Julie08

    Julie08 Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    Just throw them what if there are chicks in some? would you be okay with putting them in the blender?
  7. Kimber

    Kimber In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2007
    SW Florida
    I would crack them open first, and only use eggs, I'd have to have a proper burial for hte b abies......

    after a good cry of course..

  8. Quote:They wouldn't be chicks at this point... They are bodily fluids.
  9. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    at 7 days there would be embryo's if they were incubated but they would be pretty small. I certainly would not blend them , I think I would candle them and any I was doubtfulla bout I would go give to a broody hen or put in a bator . I would feel afull killing babies.
  10. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Kimber your instincts are good, put the ones with blobs out and see if she's broody. You can either incubate the rest yourself or feed em to the dogs. If they're candling clear there probably isn't anything to see.

    When I'm increasing the flock I incubate everything. When that's not an issue, really foul eggs, and the questionable go to the dogs.

    There's not likely to be anything to worry about recognizing at a week.

    Hope you heal up and feel better.

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