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I was hoping someone could give me some clues to what makes an egg a good candidate for the incubator. My second batch for this spring hatched this weekend. I know which eggs come from which hens, and was disappointed to see that none of my Golden Sexlinks, Hamburg, or Wyandotte's hatched. When I candled them early in the incubation, I noticed that the Sexlinks eggs were very porous. 

 

There are 12 hens to 1 rooster, so shouldn't be any problems there. Most of the hens are 1 year old, with the exception of the Golden Sexlink, Hamburg, and Rhode Island Red(3-4 of the Rhode Island Red babies hatched!).

 

Are there physical indicators of fertility that I can take note of before putting the eggs in the incubator? If they aren't fertile, I'd be happier eating them :)

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I was hoping someone could give me some clues to what makes an egg a good candidate for the incubator. My second batch for this spring hatched this weekend. I know which eggs come from which hens, and was disappointed to see that none of my Golden Sexlinks, Hamburg, or Wyandotte's hatched. When I candled them early in the incubation, I noticed that the Sexlinks eggs were very porous. 

 

There are 12 hens to 1 rooster, so shouldn't be any problems there. Most of the hens are 1 year old, with the exception of the Golden Sexlink, Hamburg, and Rhode Island Red(3-4 of the Rhode Island Red babies hatched!).

 

Are there physical indicators of fertility that I can take note of before putting the eggs in the incubator? If they aren't fertile, I'd be happier eating them :)

The only way to tell if an egg is fertile is to crack a couple from the hen in question and look for the bullseye. (Then you can havebreakfast. ;))

Here's a pic to help if you aren't sure what you are looking for:

Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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I was hoping someone could give me some clues to what makes an egg a good candidate for the incubator. My second batch for this spring hatched this weekend. I know which eggs come from which hens, and was disappointed to see that none of my Golden Sexlinks, Hamburg, or Wyandotte's hatched. When I candled them early in the incubation, I noticed that the Sexlinks eggs were very porous. 

 

There are 12 hens to 1 rooster, so shouldn't be any problems there. Most of the hens are 1 year old, with the exception of the Golden Sexlink, Hamburg, and Rhode Island Red(3-4 of the Rhode Island Red babies hatched!).

 

Are there physical indicators of fertility that I can take note of before putting the eggs in the incubator? If they aren't fertile, I'd be happier eating them :)


I've found you can filter out a lot of bad eggs by candling them.  I look for hairline cracks on the ends as well as porous - I find only half to 2/3rd of my eggs are good for hatching.  Once I started filtering those out I had much higher hit rates on development.  The other thing to pull out is eggs that are really large or funny shapes (bumps, etc...).  I had one hen that laid giant eggs (white leghorn) - her eggs would develop to a week and a half and die - every time.  I just stopped incubating her eggs.  Some hens just don't lay good eggs for hatching.

 

1 rooster to 12 hens should be fine.  Just check your eggs when you eat them to see what % are fertile (per what AmyLynn2374 posted).


Edited by JoshFig - 3/21/16 at 1:24pm
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