It's complicated/incubating eggs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ClayCraft2000, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. ClayCraft2000

    ClayCraft2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there, It's me. I had a post last week about wondering when my hens would start laying. they started laying 2 days later. Is it o.k. if I incubate the eggs yet? or should I wait til the eggs are bigger after the hen is "Broken In" and has been laying eggs for a few weeks? I would like to start soon. Thanks!, -Clay
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They do recommend incubating regular shaped and sized eggs, I personally would wait a few weeks for them to get more size and for the process to become more regular.
     
  3. ClayCraft2000

    ClayCraft2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    Omgosh you're from central wisconsin too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm from Northwest of Eau Claire
     
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  4. ClayCraft2000

    ClayCraft2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    Accidentally made this reply *IGNORE IT* :p
     
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm over by Wisconsin Rapids, howdy neighbor.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    It's a little cold to be brooding chicks yet.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I don't incubate until the pullet has been laying at least a month or so. Before then, the eggs are small and often too elongated, and I've had poor hatch rates when I get impatient. The chicks haven't thrived, either. I think you'll be a lot happier with the results if you wait at least a month.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Do you have a cock/erel?
    Have you checked to see if eggs are fertile?
    Look here to see how to look at yolk for fertility:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

    I've had a friends broody hatch pullet eggs that were from 1st week and 3rd week of laying.
    They hatched fine, they were tiny chicks, but caught up in size by POL and laid great...til she left her coop open and they got killed by a raccoon.
     
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