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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

    Jan 5, 2011
    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?


  2. AllCoop'dUp

    AllCoop'dUp Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Creswell, Oregon
    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

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    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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