Age of Pullet before incubating eggs

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

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    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 Songster

    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 In 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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