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It's complicated/incubating eggs

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Hey there, It's me. I had a post last week about wondering when my hens would start laying. they started laying 2 days later. Is it o.k. if I incubate the eggs yet? or should I wait til the eggs are bigger after the hen is "Broken In" and has been laying eggs for a few weeks? I would like to start soon. Thanks!, -Clay

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They do recommend incubating regular shaped and sized eggs, I personally would wait a few weeks for them to get more size and for the process to become more regular.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

They do recommend incubating regular shaped and sized eggs, I personally would wait a few weeks for them to get more size and for the process to become more regular.

Omgosh you're from central wisconsin too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm from Northwest of Eau Claire


Edited by ClayCraft2000 - 1/30/16 at 6:12pm
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Accidentally made this reply *IGNORE IT* :P

Edited by ClayCraft2000 - 1/30/16 at 6:14pm
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I'm over by Wisconsin Rapids, howdy neighbor.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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It's a little cold to be brooding chicks yet.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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:welcome

 

I don't incubate until the pullet has  been laying at least a month or so. Before then, the eggs are small and often too elongated, and I've had poor hatch rates when I get impatient. The chicks haven't thrived, either. I think you'll be a lot happier with the results if you wait at least a month. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #8 of 8

Do you have a cock/erel?

Have you checked to see if eggs are fertile?

Look here to see how to look at yolk for fertility:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

 

I've had a friends broody hatch pullet eggs that were from 1st week and 3rd week of laying.

They hatched fine, they were tiny chicks, but caught up in size by POL and laid great...til she left her coop open and they got killed by a raccoon.


Edited by aart - 1/31/16 at 4:56am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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