How many eggs to get 2 Hens?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Brissychick, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. Brissychick

    Brissychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone

    I am hoping to increase my flock by two hens each year and I am wondering how many eggs would I need to incubate if I wanted 2 hens? I know that not all eggs will hatch and some will be male.

    Also would any recommend an incubator that is sold in Australia?
     
  2. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The best thing to do would be to set a dozen. Odds are that 2 won't grow, 2 won't hatch, 4 will be male. That would leave you with 4 possible females, and you would be able to sell off any extras that live to maturity.
     
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  3. Odelia

    Odelia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a gamble because you cannot know the outcome in advance. I would try hatching 6-8 eggs. That way some can not hatch, some can be male and hopefully some can be pullets. Good luck.
     
  4. Rooster14250

    Rooster14250 Out Of The Brooder

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    The most acurite percentage of males to females is 55-50% males and 45-50% females in hatching. I would set about 15 eggs just in case of issues. Amazon is a great place to get these incubators (i am not sure if you have Tractor Supply in Australia or not, but if you do that would also be a great place to look). I use a Farm Innovators incubator right now, and it cleans out great despite it being foam.
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    My last hatch was 5 females and 7 males. [​IMG]
     
  6. Brissychick

    Brissychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much everyone.

    I'll have a look that the sites, the internet businesses in Australia are way behind the rest of the world. Believe or not there isn't even Amazon here. We have to order to through the UK (we can't through the US as you guys have a differ voltage) and then pay huge postage and import tax and then change the plug.

    A good idea to sell the extra chicks off.

    My goodness AmyLynn2374 was that just bad luck or have you had that before with 7 males?

    Thank you all again for taking the time to answer my questions.
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    That was my biggest hatch so I don't have anything to compare it to...lol I have 40 in the incubator right now, with 39 that I am sure are still developing so far, so I am hoping that my ratio doesn't hold up with this hatch...lol
     
  8. Brissychick

    Brissychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Fingers crossed. LOL How much longer to wait?

    I'm so addicted to having chickens. I can hardly wait to hatch my first batch.
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Yesterday was day 7 so 2 more weeks...lol
     

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