How Long??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GAGE, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. GAGE

    GAGE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the soonest that you can incubate (with success) a new egg layer. This is strictly a hypothetical question, as we want to enjoy our eggs for a while before they go into the bator . If they are old enough and laying, are first time layers fertile and yes, we have a mature rooster but I am not around enough to watch them breed.
    This is something that I was thinking about today.
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    It depends more on your hens than you roo. Hypothetically speaking, the eggs could be fertile as soon as they start laying: assuming the rooster is covering the hens.

    However, just because an egg is fertile, it does not mean they are hatchable. Many times the eggs are weird-shaped, double-yolkers, not forming "right" consistantly.

    STILL: I have hatched eggs from new layers, ones that have only been laying a few weeks. I have also had sizzles who started laying, laid 8 eggs, went broody, and hatched the eggs they were sitting on. I have also had hens who's eggs did not become "hatchable" until they had all the "kinks" worked out of their system.

    ETA: In short: 8 to 10 months old would be the earliest I would waste incubator space on.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2010
  3. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    I think that maybe this should be in the incubating and hatching eggs section...
     
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Quote:It could go either way [​IMG] If we are talking about the hens, then sure, I defer to you. If we are talking about the roo doing his job, then the OP got it right [​IMG]
     
  5. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    Quote:It could go either way [​IMG] If we are talking about the hens, then sure, I defer to you. If we are talking about the roo doing his job, then the OP got it right [​IMG]

    Good point. [​IMG]
     
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd wait until the eggs are a good size for their breed. I wouldn't try to incubate eggs that are too small, either.
     

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