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Age of hen before eggs used in incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PostCarbonPioneer, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. PostCarbonPioneer

    PostCarbonPioneer Chirping

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    I've tried searching this forum but haven't been able to find an answer, or even the question.

    I'm trying to breed for black s*x link. My Barred Rock hens are 6 months old, and my roo is about 8 months. How old do my hens need to be before I start keeping their eggs for use in an incubator? Or should I think more of the size of the egg?

    Thanks.
     

  2. AllCoop'dUp

    AllCoop'dUp Songster

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    I just recently asked this question and was told that the hen needed to be laying for at least a month before you used her eggs.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    It's best if they've been laying for a month, but this past week I hatched out two eggs that were first eggs for two different hens.

    Tiny chicks but pretty... we'll see how big they get or if they stay bantam size.
     

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