Incubating eggs first timer!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MedinaChick2001, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. MedinaChick2001

    MedinaChick2001 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2010
    How long do you have to wait once your hens start laying before I can incubate some? Can it be done as soon as they start laying or should I wait??
  2. stanglover2001

    stanglover2001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    Well when they start to lay they usually lay double yolkers, at least mine do, and those are always hard to hatch. You also have to know that the rooster is acctually doing his... uh.. job. I don't know how long you'll have to wait though.
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If the eggs look normal then you can hatch the first ones. Assuming ya have a effective roo.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Some commercial operations wait until the hen is about 22 weeks old before they incubate the eggs. I say some because I don't know what they all do. A reason for this is that the small pullet eggs don't have enough nutrients for the chicks inside to develop really well. The chicks that do hatch will not be as big and strong as chicks from eggs that have more nutrients inside for the chick to use to grow. The hatch rate is not always as good as with older eggs either.

    I am not saying that the little bitty pullet eggs won't hatch. Many of them will, often as many as from larger eggs. I am not saying that these small chicks will not survive and grow. Many of then will. I don't know if those little chicks will grow as much as the ones hatched from larger eggs. The genetics are the same, so they might. I'm saying that those that do hatch start out behind and the commercial operations feed the chickens a while longer before they start incubating eggs.

    What you decide to do will depend on your goals. Good luck!
  5. MedinaChick2001

    MedinaChick2001 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2010
    I would hope he's effective, he's on top of my hens often, maybe he's just practicing! LOL. I guess the only way to find out is to incubate a few. Keep your fingers crossed, and Thank You so much!!!!!
  6. ACraZyLittLeChiCkenGirl

    ACraZyLittLeChiCkenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    Pinnacle, NC
    Im gonna start incubating to very soon I think I might try to hatch some with my hen and some in the incubator see which one works better![​IMG]

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