Egg laying

Aug 5, 2021
Copperas Cove, TX
Hey ya'll!
I am not sure if this is the right place for this question or if it makes sense but here we go...
I have young chicks and recently found out one is a cockrel (more than likely). I really dont want chicks, just eggs. So if when my girls start laying, and I collect eggs daily will I have to worry about any of the eggs actually being a chick? I don't know a thing about how long it takes a chick to develop. I know they hatch in 21 days or so..but other than that I am clueless. Hope this makes sense. Thanks for your help!


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14 Years
Feb 2, 2009
Southeast Louisiana
If the eggs are not stored at incubation temperature a fertile egg will not develop. That does not mean just in an incubator or under a broody hen. If your weather is hot enough they can develop just laying there. Sometimes other hens will lay in the nest with a broody hen. Even if an egg is under a broody hen as long as you collect the eggs every day they will not develop. You can use them.

So if you collect the eggs every day and store them in a cool location, like an air conditioned house or your refrigerator, you can use them without a problem. And by removing them every day you generally avoid attracting egg eating predators to your coop.

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