Silly old-timer question!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gritsar, May 10, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Maybe I'd feel better if I was a newbie asking this question. [​IMG]

    Would you eat fertilized eggs that a succession of hens has sat on steadily for over 24 hrs.?

    Lil' Bit sat on some(?) eggs from before 9 AM yesterday until 6:30 PM. When I noticed that she was finally off the nest, I went in to collect them and found Maggie sitting on them. Later, I went to lock them up for the night and Maggie was still on them so I left her alone. When I opened the coop this morning, Maggie is off that nest and now Bluey is sitting on them! All of these hens hiss and bite (bite! not peck) when I try to look under them, so I've left them alone. I could just put on gloves and remove the eggs, but not sure if I should since I do want a broody.

    If Bluey gets off that nest sometime today and one of her sisters doesn't jump right on them, should I keep the eggs for eating or selling or feed them to the dog?

    I have always felt that letting a broody hatch youngin's was the best way, but now I'm really starting to see the value of a bator. Half broody hens can be a pain in the tail feathers! [​IMG]
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I'd throw them, only because they've been kept warm for an extended period of time.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I would not have a problem for 12 hours, but over that, I certainly would not sell them. If you want to use them yourself, try cracking them in a separate bowl and look. You should be able to see if there is anything there that might disturb you. If they look OK, use them.

    I still think you need to get the incubator and use it. Once your Brahmas see you don't need them to go broody, they will.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yep, that's what I'm afraid of. The brinsea bator will be ordered as soon as we get back to normal after the wedding. [​IMG]
     
  5. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd eat 'em. Might not sell 'em, but I'd eat 'em.
     
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Purple Chicken started a thread about this last night. I think the conclusion was it was OK. Personally I don't know, but you could think of them as rare Balut.

    Imp-You could be inventing the latest food rage.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I'm not the squeamish type, but I think I'll stick with the old standby of scrambled eggs and bacon, tyvm. [​IMG]
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Now it's the broody three step! Bluey is off the nest and Lil' Bit is back on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If only set on for 24 hours you may have a large Bullseye, but nothing that should be distrurbing. I always say if in doubt feed it to the kids, if they dont get sick, it should be safe for me the next time. [​IMG]
     
  10. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yep, that's what I'm afraid of. The brinsea bator will be ordered as soon as we get back to normal after the wedding. [​IMG]

    Didnt you register at TSC, maybe it will come as a wedding gift. [​IMG]
     

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