when to abandon unhatched eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by junglebird, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. junglebird

    junglebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our Broody hen has been sitting on 9 eggs. 5 of them hatched on Saturday and Sunday. Now that it's Tuesday, I'm wondering what I should do with the 4 that haven't hatched? There's a bad smell, but I can't tell which egg is the culprit. I'd like to toss, them, if there's no good reason to hold out. Will she just abandon them at some point?

    Weirdly, she had been sitting on 10 eggs, but 4 days before hatch, one egg disappeared. Combed through all the bedding in the nests and coop - t'was nowhere to be found!
     
  2. junglebird

    junglebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oops, I should've posted this in the hatching eggs forum!
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Candle them and have a look. Chances are if they haven't hatched by now, they aren't going to.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    If the first one hatched on Saturday then I'd toss the rest.
     
  5. junglebird

    junglebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks [​IMG] I went ahead and tossed them.

    I tried candling them, but the shells are so thick I couldn't see a thing - I'll have to learn a better technique.
     

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