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how young can chickens be to have fertile eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redchicken, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. redchicken

    redchicken Songster

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    I am wondering how early can the chickens have chicks
     
  2. unionwirewoman

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    My new chicks (got them last march) started laying eggs in july ......so guess as long as the roo is mature and the hens are laying , you can get chicks at anytime . Some people have hens who take a long time to start laying though ![​IMG]
     
  3. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    They can lay fertile eggs from the very first egg, however most do not recommend hatching the first eggs let the hen get her system worked out first. If there is a roo in with them, when they start laying chances are its fertile. [​IMG]
     
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

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    Yep, the first smaller pullet eggs aren't the ones you want to hatch. Wait till the egg size increase some to have better success.

    bigzio
     
  5. Pine Grove

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    I actually find pullet eggs to have a higher fertility/hatching rate.
     

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