Age of Pullet before incubating eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LoneCowboy, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Is there an age you want your pullet/hen to be, before you start incubating her eggs? Should they be a particular size?
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    We just hatched a few chicks that were from 6 month old pullets and a
    few were very small eggs. 4 of the 5 eggs from our flock we used hatched.
    The pullets were laying from 4 to 8 weeks prior to incubation.

    The only trouble we had was the shells are VERY solid. We had to do an
    assisted hatch for one.

    The father was a leghorn. The mother was probably a Buff Orp.
  3. Hi!
    I think the general idea is to let the pullet get to laying 'regular'-sized eggs and then begin setting.
    It is not recommended to set 'pullet - eggs', because they may begin to develop, but not have enough *Oomph* to actually make it out of the shell.
    But honestly, you won't believe it til you try it for yourself.

  4. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2007
    Eastview, Ky..
    I usually let them lay for about a month. Of course thats just me. I have had good luck doing this...
  5. Youngfamily1989

    Youngfamily1989 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2007
    Tennessee City
    I was worried about the same thing I set some very small pullet eggs. They made just fine we kept a close eye on them. I thought they might get trapped


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