hatching bantam eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by courtshep, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. courtshep

    courtshep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a bantam egg has been fertilized by a big rooster, will the egg hatch, or will the chicken be too large to fit in the egg? This sounds unbelievably stupid, but I can't get it out of my mind.
     
  2. Joy1

    Joy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] How intriguing.Just a big baby I would have thought.
     
  3. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's not stupid at all, and yes, it could potentially cause problems, although not necessarily in every case. I think it would work a lot like setting pullet eggs--sometimes, the embryo needs more room to turn and cannot get out of the shell, but some pullet eggs still hatch okay. Overall, you might expect worse percentages, but how much worse depends on the size of the eggs and the incubating conditions (humidity would need to be perfect to help those big chicks turn in those small shells) among other things. But I wouldn't be surprised to have at least some of the eggs pip and die with that situation.
     
  4. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

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    Good question! I would think the chick would not grow any bigger than the egg could handle. The yolk is only so big and would only feed a chick of bantam size. I know in horses that a small mare bred to a huge stallion will only produce what she is capable of carrying.
    I had bantam cochin chicks who ended up with a pea comb and the only way that could happen is if my standard ameraucana roo had snuck into the bantam pen. What a surprise to me. So I have to go with, yes you can hatch bantam eggs that are fertilized by a standard roo.

    edited because I can't spell worth a darn this morning.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2008
  5. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hatched eggs with the daddy being bantam size and the hen being standard with no problems but not the other way around... yet [​IMG]
     
  6. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

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    it can be done! this pass spring one of my banty hens kept mating with my barred rock rooster and she went broody on 6 eggs and all 6 eggs hatch
     
  7. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I'd say best bet for hatching those would be with a broody hen.
     
  8. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

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    Quote:Yup yup [​IMG]
     
  9. courtshep

    courtshep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is so interesting. It just didn't look possible, but I will give it a try! Thanks so much!!
     

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