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Hatch rate question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kizanne, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. kizanne

    kizanne Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    When people quote hatch rates what are they quoting.

    Is it total final chicks from those started from day 1.

    Final chicks from fertile eggs past day 7

    final chicks from lockdown eggs at day 18?
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011

  2. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Georgetown, KY
    From the total number I set. Throwing out the bad eggs at day 10 is kind of like stacking the deck
  3. Barbedwirecat

    Barbedwirecat Songster

    Sep 16, 2011
    I do it from the total number set. If shipped eggs I always order twice as many as I expect to hatch because shipping does a number on them and it seems from other people too you get about 50%. If I have more, GREAT.
  4. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    It depends... Different people count it different ways...

    The way I see it, it depends on whether you are wanting to keep track of your flock's fertility or your own incubating skills. Like, if you set 100 eggs but only hatched 10 chicks, saying you got a 10% hatch rate sounds pretty poor. But if 90 of your 100 eggs were not fertilised, they had zero chance of ever developing in the first place, and of the eggs that were viable, you actually had a hatch rate of 100%, which sounds a lot better. So as an explanation of flock fertility, you would use the 10% figure, but as an explanation of your incubating skills, you would use the 100% figure.

    I keep track of both figures. I remove non-developers from my bator at day 6, and if anyone asks me my hatch rate, I count the number of chicks hatched out of the number of eggs that started developing. I don't count infertile eggs, but I do count blood rings, as you only ever get blood rings in fertilised eggs.

    There's no right or wrong way of counting though, and that's just what I see as the most sensible way of doing it. In any discussion of hatch rates, you should probably ask upfront how folk are counting, just to be sure you're comparing the same things.

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