Eggs, how do they all hatch at same time?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Janis R, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. Janis R

    Janis R Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, this might be a stupid question. If a chicken lays one egg a day for 2 weeks and sits on them how come they all hatch at the same time? The eggs are 1-14 days old to start so if day 14 egg was hatched at day 21 it would only be 1 week old and day 1 egg would be 5 weeks old, I am confused! Inquiring minds want to know. :)
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I've always been taught that there is no such thing as a stupid question. After all, how else are we supposed to learn? [​IMG] The eggs don't start incubating as soon as they are laid. They will only start to grow once conditions are ideal for them to do so. Those conditions usually are when a hen is sitting on them or they are in an incubator set at the proper temps and humidity. Until then, nothing will happen. I know there are people out there who will be able to explain this better than me, so hopefully you'll get some better, more detailed answers.
     
  3. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought you explained it very well :) It isn't until the hen really sits on them all the time that they start to develop.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    You're right - I should have specified that she needs to be broody and sitting on them continuously, not just now and then to lay another egg...
     

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