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How long do you wait before you try incubating your eggs??????????

post #1 of 7
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Hi.  I was just wondering how long you guys wait from the time your hens first start laying eggs until you try and incubate some.  I know they are fertile, but they aren't laying full size eggs yet.  Will they hatch???

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post #2 of 7

I usually wait 2 months.

post #3 of 7
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Is that because they don't hatch good and the chicks have problems or is it just because you have more success?

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It all starts when you get a couple cute little chicks, then the next thing you know............

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post #4 of 7

I usually wait that long because the eggs get bigger and she is more excepting to a rooster.

post #5 of 7

Some of us have been lucky and hatched little pullet eggs... BUT... I've noticed that the tiny pullet eggs that hatch, usually give me smaller chickens...that's why it's best to wait a couple of months.

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

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post #6 of 7
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I wondered if that would happen with the size of the chicks.  I have some in the incubator now.  Candled them last night and I have some swimmers.  I guess I'll just have to see how they do.  I was really wanting to know though if they would make it all the way through and if people waited because of problems.  I have some orpingtons that just started laying (only one out of 4 hens and the egg is pretty small for an orpington egg) but I am SOO impatient!!

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/45090_229.jpg

Here's one of the roosters (he's not full grown yet).  I have this one and a black one.  Then I have two splash hens, a black hen, and I swear what looks like a black laced blue!  Not sure if that's what you'd call her but she's beautiful.  I really want to start hatching sad

It all starts when you get a couple cute little chicks, then the next thing you know............

www.chaneyfamilyfarm.com

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It all starts when you get a couple cute little chicks, then the next thing you know............

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post #7 of 7

What a nice picture.

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