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Ideal fertility rate before setting eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by autumnjanene, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. autumnjanene

    autumnjanene Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a question about incubating my own eggs:

    This past weekend we culled one rooster, leaving us with 2 roosters and 12 hens. Before we culled him this past weekend, we had a fertility rate of 50%. I'm going to check again this weekend to see if there's any change in fertility now that we're down to 2 roosters. I'm hoping that culling him will increase our fertility rate because we have a better rooster:hen ratio. But my question is, should I not plan on incubating until I get a 100% fertility rate?
     
  2. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can incubate with any fertility rate, just figure in fertility rate in the number of eggs you start. Want 12 chicks = start 24 eggs.

    Curious how you figured on less roosters would equal higher fertility, Normally MORE is the general rule.
     
  3. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im surprised your fertility rate was so low with 3 roosters and 12 hens. When i had a rooster and 7 hens i had a 100% fertility rate. Maybe my rooster was just a little horny devil.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How do you know you fertility rate, by checking for the bullseyes when you crack eggs for breakfast?
     

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