Hachability of older chickens

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Chirping
8 Years
Jan 4, 2012
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The chickens, im trying to find out what is the oldest my chickens can be and still have their eggs hatched. not sure if its worth getting an incubator over.
 

Glenmar

Songster
9 Years
Jan 17, 2011
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Hopefully someone will know. I would think that if they are still laying you would get at least 50% viable even with older birds, but that is just a guess.
 

guard278th

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 14, 2011
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Rogersville Tn
How old is your rooster, he will be the one to worry about if the hens are laying then the eggs will be Ok as long as your rooster is still fertile
 

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Chirping
8 Years
Jan 4, 2012
196
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Washougal, WA
Not sure the exact age some where between 5-7 years their all the same age, (one roster 8 hens). we cracked an egg a couple of weeks back and seen the black fertile dot, not sure if that means the will hatch for sure or not under the right conditions...
 

centrarchid

Free Ranging
10 Years
Sep 19, 2009
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Hens can be older than 10 years of age and still produce eggs that hatch. Number of will be reduced and hatch rate for older hens will be reduced. Chicks hatching for such old hens and older roosters as well do not seem to be on average as vigerous as those coming from a younger parent.
 

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