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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by eggmanfromafghanistan, Apr 15, 2011.
any help is appreciated
Don't think so...
Yes, they may hatch a day or so earlier. This has been my experience anyway.
No. Mine don't.
Smaller eggs of the same breed tend to hatch a little earlier than larger eggs of the same breed. That I am convinced of. I do not know if bantam eggs tend to hatch earlier than regular eggs. I have no experience with bantam chickens.
What I mean by tend to hatch earlier is that if you have a lot of eggs, you'll notice a difference. But if you only look at a very few eggs, it does not always work. For averages to mean anything, you have to have enough samples.
I believe seramas and red jungle fowl are closer to 18 days than 21.
On my first 2 hatches that had Bantams they hatched first ~ this time my FBCM, EE and Ameraucana have all started hatching, but no Bantam Cochins yet. They started hatching overnight last night, but aren't actually due until tomorrow.
I ususally set both Bantam and regular sized eggs in each of my hatchings. The bantams always hatch first--usually the day after lockdown. This time I have only bantam eggs, so i am making lockdown day a day earlier.
I think every time I've read of bantam hatching eggs hatching in less than 21 days it involved an incubator. Since I almost exclusively let my hens do the work my hatch days are always right at 21. I have had a couple pip early but not hatch until they were due.