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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by enggass, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. enggass

    enggass Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    What would you do...?
    There are 4 breeds I'd like to hatch this Spring. I'd like to do it all in one batch, that way I do not have different age chicks to acclimate to not only one another, but my older birds as well... etc.
    I have the Eco 20 which only holds 24 eggs. Given the success rate of shipped eggs and the 'Roo' factor I am not sure if I should just settle on 3 breeds getting a 1/2dz of each(+extras) which will probably give me 24 eggs in all... OR go with 4 breeds, 6 of each and hope I get some good results.

    I am thinking that I will have a better chance getting some quality results out of more eggs for fewer breeds than fewer eggs of more breeds. Am I making any sense?
    What would you do?

  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    It all depends on how many hens you want. Figure 6 eggs of one breed is 3 hens. Then figure an 80% success rate & you could be looking at 2 hens per breed. If you want more hens you need to set more eggs.

    Besides you can always come back in 3 weeks & set another mess of them. 3 weeks apart is not that much.
  3. coltssuperbowl83

    coltssuperbowl83 Songster

    Dec 17, 2010
    I would go with more breeds. Not really sure why but thats what i would do.
  4. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper

    Nov 3, 2010
    I would just set 3 breeds and see what hatches. 3 weeks is not that far apart. I have newborns running around with 2 week olds and never have problems.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have mixed chicks together which are three, three-and-a-half weeks different in ages. But if possible, I would hatch any bantam breeds first, so those will have grown some, rather than being the littlest, youngest chicks added.
  6. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    Quote:I would put as much as I can stuff in the incubator. I got 14eggs and only 5 developed. The shipping eggs reduce amount develop and hatch rate is low.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2010
  7. enggass

    enggass Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    The bator will be full... My question was If it were you, would you put in 6 eggs of 4 breeds? or 8 eggs of 3 breeds? - I'd like to end up with 2 pullets of each, but due to shipping hatch rates I'm wondering which would give me better odds?

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