fertilised eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by elikem, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. elikem

    elikem New Egg

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    How can I make my hens to lay more fertilised eggs.
     
  2. Joshw

    Joshw Out Of The Brooder

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    How many hens and roosters do you have?
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    The proper ratio of rooster to hens is 1 roo to 8 to 10 hens. They all need to be mature and have been mating for at least 2 weeks before the eggs will consistently be fertile.

    How do you know they are not fertile? Have you tried to incubate eggs and failed or have broodies been setting and failed?
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X3, how many roosters/hens do you have, and how do you know the eggs are not fertile.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. Your hens will lay more fertilized eggs if you have the correct rooster to hen ratio, and old enough (but not too old) rooster, a vigorous male, and mature hens without any disease or reproductive tract problems.
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You should keep one rooster for every 10 hens you have.

    An egg will have a bulls eye in the center indicating fertility. The only way for hens to lay fertile eggs is to keep a rooster.
     
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  7. chickenz500

    chickenz500 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, welcome, make sure you have enough hens and roosters. Also make sure your hens are laying to. You can tell if they are fertile by candling the with a flashlight or a cup of water.
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. You have been given some good advice by the other members. That 10 to 1 ratio is very important. Less roosters and some of the eggs will not be fertilized. More roosters and the hens will likely be over-bred and battered. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting those fertile eggs.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Do you have a rooster ????
     
  10. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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