Hens are laying now, most eggs fertile...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by funnybirds, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. funnybirds

    funnybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi to all.
    My hens have been laying for about two months now. We have a roo who was hatched in december and many of the eggs appear fertile. In your opinion, how old should my laying hens be before I try and hatch some of their eggs. The hens lay three a day and I need to rehome the roo due to noise( the suburbs). He's a beautiful roo and I hate to lose his future offspring as well (if that makes any sense).He was hatched in December. I remember that I had read that the fertile eggs should come from more mature hens but I can't find the post.
    Any help regarding laying hen or rooster age and egg hatching would be great.
    Thanks!
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I don't think its age as much as egg size. You don't really want to hatch small eggs. Once they are up to what you would call normal sized then you can hatch them. They all should be fertile though.
     
  3. jcfuente51

    jcfuente51 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow each hen 3 eggs daily??? [​IMG]
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:I agree, size is important but a 4 month roo is kinda young.
    Are you seeing him breeding?
    I'd incubate any eggs that are well shaped and not tiny/small and see what happens.
     
  5. Mallory

    Mallory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Curious what you do with the eggs that are fertile but not sustainable or worth keeping (due to size or what have you). Just pitch them? I think I'd feed them to my dog. She loves eggs, haha.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I eat them. No better human nutrition. There's nothing wrong with them. Until incubation begins they're the same as an unfertile egg.
    I have been getting a few cracked ones from my new flock. Those I boil and feed back to chicks.
     
  7. Mallory

    Mallory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I didn't realize that they were virtually the same. Thanks for answering that for me!
     
  8. clayb226

    clayb226 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Eat them.
     
  9. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think she meant 3 eggs a day from all her hens.
     
  10. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    If you want to save some of that rooster's DNA, you should gather the egss over an 8-10 period, keep them cool, pointy end down. Go for a hatch. If you only have 16 eggs and only 6 produce live chicks, well.. that is that.

    I suspect you are under the gun to say goodbye to the neighborhood fog horn. You don't apparently have 3 months wait until everyone involved is more mature.

    But, I also wonder if you stated the age of the rooster correctly. Hatched in December, 2010? That is one very young rooster to use for breeding.... but again, if it is what you wish to do, do it while you can.
     

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