Egg size VS Breed size

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Spinster_Sister, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. Spinster_Sister

    Spinster_Sister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a simple question. If a Large Breed Chicken (Jersey Giant) lays medium sized eggs because they are new layers, will the chick survivability be compromised? I don't think my Whole Food eggs are going to make it...

    ~Vickie
     
  2. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know, I consider this, personally, to be a very interesting question. Personally, I would feel that the size of the egg won't matter as long as it is fertile and all the correct measures are in place for the setting or incubating, but time will tell. I think I will subscribe to this topic to see what all our forum friends will say.
    It seems related in a way to a theory I have long had. You see I sometimes think that using pullet eggs, rather than mature hen eggs, could have been one of the contributing factors in the raising of bantams. That in conjunction with selecting of runts to encourage small sizes.
    I know that normally for your regular sized chicken the incubation is 21 days and I would need only 19 days for bantams. My mom use to tell me that she needed an extra 2 days for her large breeds, like buff orphingtons. So I would imagine the Jersey Giants would also need more time. I would like to know if pullet size eggs could do it in 21.
     
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    Spinster_Sister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with your theory..that is why I am curious about this....I want my future Jersey Giants to be...healthy and happy giants!
     
  4. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When did you put them to incubate? I know this might not be Earth moving, but it has long been a subject of interest to me.
     

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