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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redchicken, Jan 30, 2008.
I am wondering how early can the chickens have chicks
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 !
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.
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.
I actually find pullet eggs to have a higher fertility/hatching rate.