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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

    Jul 6, 2012
    DeSoto, MO
    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

    Feb 1, 2013
    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

    May 6, 2011
    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

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How do you know you fertility rate, by checking for the bullseyes when you crack eggs for breakfast?

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