How old should a hen be before she lays hatching eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken4prez, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Crowing

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    I have a Mille Fleur d'Uccle who just started laying today.

    She will be a year old in August and I want to hatch her eggs in the late spring. How long should she be laying or how old should she be before she starts laying eggs perfect for hatching?

    Thanks!
    -Lily
     
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  2. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

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    Give her a month or 2 so her eggs get larger. Then you can set them :D but she does need to be in with a rooster for the eggs to get fertilized.
     
  3. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Hi Hannah
    New layers eggs are not consistent in size and shape for about a month, I would suggest waiting until the eggs you get from her are all relatively close in size and shape, then introduce her to a rooster and wait around 3 more days to insure her eggs are fertile, then start collecting the eggs for incubation. Make sure the rooster mates with her often, at least once a day.
     
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  4. Wait 5 weeks after the first egg, put her with a rooster, and ta-da, babies
     
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