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Can you hatch pullet eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Smokey2201, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. Smokey2201

    Smokey2201 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning on hatching some chicken eggs. I have some eggs that are from my pullets and there are kinda small can I hatch these? Will the chick be small? Also I had a one of my roosters with my hens around 2 weeks ago. He is gone now but will the eggs be fertile. No other rooster has been with them.
     
  2. The Colonel

    The Colonel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure what the limit is after the cock bird is gone. I know that it takes a week for the eggs to be fertile when introducing the roo to the hens, so i would assume they're only fertile for a week after he's gone. As for the hatching pullet eggs question, I have pullets hatched February of this year and just put their eggs in the incubator due to hatch on Christmas Eve . I can keep you updated on there progress and let you know. Sorry I wasn't much help, hopefully someone with more wisdom can jump on here and tell you for sure.
     
  3. Smokey2201

    Smokey2201 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. It was some help. Do you think chicks from pullets egg would be smaller than normal eggs?
     
  4. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is best to wait until the birds body has adjusted to laying, to set any eggs. If the eggs seem small for the breed, then most likely the embryo won't have enough room to fully develop.
     
  5. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they will be smaller, but I have found they tend to grow up normal size, for the most part. I don't know how long your pullets have been laying, but I'd wait at least a month, ideally a bit longer before getting eggs to hatch from a new pullet. Their eggs tend to get a little larger the more they lay. Also, a hen can store sperm for several weeks. So your pullets may still be fertile up to a month later. If I really needed the chicks, I wouldn't wait that long though.
     
  6. Smokey2201

    Smokey2201 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok Thank you! She has been laying about a week. She is a silkie mix and her egg seems to be the size the eggs should be.
     
  7. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not set eggs from a bird that has been laying a week. Her body has not adjusted enough, and there could be complications with the chicks.
     
  8. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you could wait a bit longer before collecting any to hatch, try to do that. What you can do is take the eggs you are getting from her now and check them for fertility. That would answer one question at least.
     
  9. Smokey2201

    Smokey2201 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I will not use any of her eggs. I would not want any complication with hatching. Thank you!
     
  10. MelissaZeno

    MelissaZeno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long should you wait for hatching eggs from a pullet? And do pullets go broody? I got my hens in April at 1 day old. I also have 3 hens that are just over 21 weeks they are Lav. Orpingtons but they haven't even started laying eggs yet.
     

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