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hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gracie58, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. gracie58

    gracie58 In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2014
    how do i know if the egg is going to turn to a chick, can i tell when they are first layed or do i have to wait a couples of days to check them,

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    If the hen is with a rooster and the ratio of hens to roosters is 12:1 or lower, there's about a 90% chance they're viable.
    You should wait a week after beginning incubation and candle to see if there's development.
    You can open eggs to view the blastoderm to see if they've mated.
  3. kada6305

    kada6305 Songster

    Mar 13, 2013
    Kersey, Pennsylvania
    I have 1 rooster 6 hens. What I do is collect the eggs day before crack them opened and I can see who has fertile eggs. the next day or 2 I collect the eggs for incubation. I currently have 8 eggs in the incubator 100% of the eggs were fertilized that I cracked opened. The chickens are completely free ranged during the day. I candle n days 7,14 and 18. But you can see development usually around day 4. I dont throw away any eggs until day 14 unless there is a blood ring.

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