What to do with eggs that were "snuck" in?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Penny spender, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Penny spender

    Penny spender Songster

    May 17, 2016
    I gave Peach 8 eggs and I swear I marked them all...I swear I did!! [​IMG] However this morning I had opportunity to check them when she got off the nest, and there are 11 eggs...but I can find only 7 marked ones!! I marked the 4 new(?) with "O" (the others have "X") so I can at least tell them apart, but one of these must be from the original 8!!. Shes been sitting for a week now. Do I just wait it out and see whats left in the nest after she hatches the chicks out (and then just throw them out, even though they might have fully healthy partially developed chicks in them)? Do I try to candle? (have no idea what I'm really looking for and the eggs are brown). Do I try to build a homemade incubator to hatch the part incubated leftover eggs? What do you guys do??
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    You can figure that the hen will leave the nest within 24 to 36 hours of the first chick hatching. You will have to either incubate the eggs or toss them. This is why I try to make it impossible for hens to infiltrate a broody hen's nest.
  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

    Jul 22, 2013
    I would toss the unmarked eggs and start checking the nest daily for extra eggs.
  4. as110

    as110 Chirping

    Feb 16, 2017
    Falkland BC
    Don’t throw them out. If you have an incubator, you can hatch those too.

    My broody collected eggs and I also lost the markings. At first I just took away the eggs that I knew were snuck
    In the nest, but once the markings were rubbed off, I had no clue and we were already around day 15.
    On day 22 I took the eggs and put them into the incubator. She got day old chickens instead to get her off the nest already. She was sitting for months and couln’t hatch a thing. First timer. Anyway

    After 4 days I candled to see if there were any unfertilized ones. I threw those out. I floated the rest that I was not sure of, I didn’t float those that were obviously moving. I left them in the incubator without turning since I didn’t know if any of them were in lockdown stage or not.
    On day 31 and 32 I had two chicks and today is day 35 and one is zipping. I am watching this one because it is zipping in the wrong direction and I think it will get stuck.

    I had 4 eggs left and one I was not sure about since the float test was iffy too but it is so dark in the egg I can’t see anything, I know there is a full grown chicken in there. Once this chick hatches today, I will float the last one again and go from there. It has been long enough for a full grown chicken to hatch.

    One problem I have now is that the broody is already happy with the chicks she has and she rejected the little one I tried to sneak under her a week later. The original chickens were 9 days old and the new one was 2 days old. She did not accept it.

    So I will have 3 chickens grow up without their mom, but it’s a good problem to have: I have more chickens than I expected. It is summer time and I can leave them in a chicken tractor or in the shed and integrate them in September before it gets cold at night.
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