Egg size of a young laying pullet under broody hen (Help needed)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chelsea-85, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Chelsea-85

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    Dears all,

    For the first time, finally my young pullet (5 months old) went broody. I have placed 9 fresh eggs of her and another young pullet (the oldest egg laid 5 days ago), she is on them since Friday (3 days ago). But I am afraid of the egg size which is a little bit small. Will the eggs be hatched? I am concerned about the egg size of young pullets.

    Another question, does she need darkness while sitting on the eggs?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Chelsea-85

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    Any help please?
     
  3. cleoandtheflock

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    Are the eggs fertilized
    Or are you worried if they will stay small
    And yes they need a little darkness like a nestbox
     
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  4. Chelsea-85

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    Thank you dear,
    Yes, the eggs are all fertilized because I have a rooster and two pullets only.
     
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  5. Chick-N-Fun

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    Wait a few days....candle them and check for fertility. Then place back under broody.
    Good luck!!! Keep us posted!
     
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  6. Chelsea-85

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    Thank you dear but I jut wanted to hear from you if any has experience regarding egg size under broody hen.

    I will, and thank you again
     
  7. SueT

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    I have read that small pullet eggs do not have enough space for a chick to develop properly. The brooding hens do not need darkness. But at that young age, they may be too immature to sit long enough or to care for chicks.
    Last year, my pullets' eggs were not fertile in spite of a rooster. I checked each one before eating it, and none had the bulls eye that indicates fertility. Our rooster was young too, and I guess it takes time for them to get it correctly.
     
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  8. Chelsea-85

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    thank you dear, although your comment saddened me a little :(
    The two pullets started laying for less than two months, I am afraid she sits on them in vain.

    Can you post the link you read about small pullet eggs inappropriateness?

    Thanks
     
  9. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    I read about it here on BYC on more than one thread, I don't know where to find it now. Maybe some of the experts can help with this.
    I looked it up last year because I also was interested in hatching my pullets' eggs which were quite small. But I could see they were not fertile yet anyway. Maybe this year, we will have luck.
     
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  10. Chelsea-85

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    Thank you dear, the eggs are not too small, but a little bit smaller than normal size.
     

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