Yolk covered eggs - will they hatch?

lfrj(7)May 2, 2009

I snuck a peek at our broody's nest when she hopped off. She has 13 eggs and this her 7th day. I noticed however that most of the eggs are coated with yolk where some broken eggs had gotten smeared over the rest from the hen.

Knowing that bacteria can be a real culprit when it comes to hathcing, I'm wondering if there is any hope for these at all.

I can candle them I suppose, but then what - wash them? This almost seems as hazardous.

This is our first broody hen, so I'd like to encourage her if even this means supplying chicks in the near future.


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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

I'd leave them alone. By the time the hatch comes, eggs tend to look almost polished, they are so shiny with oils from the hens' body and have been rubbed against her feathers and skin--most debris is gone by then. As long as the eggs aren't cracked, the bloom on the eggs should keep most bacteria out. Washing them can sometimes actually force bacteria through the shell.

Velvet ~:>

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