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Refrigerated eggs? Please help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chixaregreat41, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. chixaregreat41

    chixaregreat41 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so my speckled Sussex hen just went broody but we haven't been getting eggs in the past 2 days, SO i have a dozen eggs in the fridge that have been in there for 2 days do you think i can stick them under her? The thing is our eggs are HUGE! And only 2 fit under her but i still really want to try to hatch them its just if the eggs dont hatch good because i heard only 75% will hatch or something...there's only 2 eggs? Please help :|
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How long has your hen been broody? I always wait until they've been on the nest 2 nights in a row before I give them the eggs I want to hatch. If they don't spend that much time on the nest, they're not truly broody yet--I've had too many flirt with broodiness for up to 2 weeks before they actually settle down to it. Once the spend a few nights on the nest, IME they're in it for the long haul.

    So, if you're thinking she's just now broody, you have a few days to collect fresh eggs to put under hen. A full size hen can easily fit at least 6 large fowl eggs, even if they're XL size. You can sure put fewer if you're more comfortable doing that.
    When I have a bird that's acting broody, I hold out the eggs I'll want to incubate so I have a good clutch when I'm ready to set them. If you don't have all the eggs you want to put under her, you can wait another day or so--I wouldn't go much past 5 days or she'll be more likely to quit on you just before hatching.
     
  3. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 Make sure she is broody before you waste any eggs.
    The eggs in your fridge probably won't hatch since they have been stored too cold for too long.
     

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