How long do you wait before you try incubating your eggs??????????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by steelersfan43, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. steelersfan43

    steelersfan43 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. I was just wondering how long you guys wait from the time your hens first start laying eggs until you try and incubate some. I know they are fertile, but they aren't laying full size eggs yet. Will they hatch???
     
  2. mtcookie

    mtcookie Dances with Chickens

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    I usually wait 2 months.
     
  3. steelersfan43

    steelersfan43 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that because they don't hatch good and the chicks have problems or is it just because you have more success?
     
  4. mtcookie

    mtcookie Dances with Chickens

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    I usually wait that long because the eggs get bigger and she is more excepting to a rooster.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Some of us have been lucky and hatched little pullet eggs... BUT... I've noticed that the tiny pullet eggs that hatch, usually give me smaller chickens...that's why it's best to wait a couple of months.
     
  6. steelersfan43

    steelersfan43 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wondered if that would happen with the size of the chicks. I have some in the incubator now. Candled them last night and I have some swimmers. I guess I'll just have to see how they do. I was really wanting to know though if they would make it all the way through and if people waited because of problems. I have some orpingtons that just started laying (only one out of 4 hens and the egg is pretty small for an orpington egg) but I am SOO impatient!!

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    Here's one of the roosters (he's not full grown yet). I have this one and a black one. Then I have two splash hens, a black hen, and I swear what looks like a black laced blue! Not sure if that's what you'd call her but she's beautiful. I really want to start hatching [​IMG]
     
  7. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a nice picture.
     

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