Incubating eggs from old hens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rissa, May 9, 2011.

  1. Rissa

    Rissa Hatching

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    I have 14, Three year old RIR hens and 1 mixed breed rooster. The hens lay very large eggs. Would these be suitable to incubate?
     
  2. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Songster

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    I would think so if your rooster is still frisky...
     
  3. coppahed

    coppahed In the Brooder

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    If your roo is barred, wouldn't you get red sex link chiks? RIR roo and barred hens get red sex links, wondering if it works the other way. I would agree that if your roo is still frisky your eggs would be fertile. Good luck.
     
  4. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

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    Good breeders value the older hens--good health and longevity is valuable in a hen. Go for it! THree isn't very old in chicken years. GL
     

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