will a broken egg ruin a hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by VA Susan, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. VA Susan

    VA Susan Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2010
    My Banty is due to hatch today or tomorrow. Today is day 20. As of tonight there is still no pipping. Last week when I took her off the nest so she could eat and dustbathe, I noticed that one of her eggs had broken and the other eggs were stuck to each other and to the hay underneath. I tried to rub and scrape off as much of the yolk as I could with the hay and with my fingernail then I changed the hay in her nest. I was afraid to wash the eggs off since I read somewhere that was not good to do.

    Another question, how long should I give her past day 21 if they don't hatch tomorrow?

    Third Question, if these eggs don't hatch and I put new eggs under her, she would probably set for three more weeks. She's a great broody and mamma. Is that a good idea? She does take pretty good care of herself while broody. She eats and drinks well and takes dust baths every day.
    Thanks for any help you could give.
  2. a(TM)?HoneyBeea(TM)?

    a(TM)?HoneyBeea(TM)? Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2011
    1st question, I don't think it will hurt the eggs. As long as you cleaned it up the best you could, you should be

    fine. I had eggs with yolk and dirt on them hatch fine. Washing the eggs with liquid washes off the protective

    coating, and makes it easy for bacteria to enter, which is why people say - don't do it:)

    2nd question... I'd give them about 5-6 more days past day 21, then candle & do a float test. If theres

    no sign of life, discard the eggs.

    3rd question, I had a hen sit for about 50 days once. ( first set of eggs didn't hatch, we couldn't break

    her from being broody, so we let her set again ) She was fine. As long as she's taking care of herself,

    getting down for about 15 minutes every day, she should be totally fine:)

    Good luck!

  3. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    Quote:I would suggest to leave the eggs alone completely.... If they hatch then SUCCESS!, but if they don't THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT TIME! I would wait 'til day 24 and if nothing I would candle for any signs of movement, or do the float test. If you get any movement take those eggs that moved and put them back under her.
  4. VA Susan

    VA Susan Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2010
    quintinp and ♥HoneyBee♥,
    Thank you for your answers! Today when I checked her I heard some peeping under her so I left her alone. I'm so happy! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011
  5. the1honeycomb

    the1honeycomb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Yadkinville NC-3yrs
    YOu asked all my questions thanks!!! hoping to start getting some chicks today or tomorrow.!! I know that one of them really smells bad!!! [​IMG]

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