Japanese or Serama laying rate?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CrazyAnimalGirl, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. CrazyAnimalGirl

    CrazyAnimalGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had my first egg yesterday, from my tiny japanese/serama hen. I know her and her hubby have been a little frisky so I wanted to just go ahead and start incubating the eggs. Could I expect an egg every day?
    When will she get broody?
    Should I just start putting the eggs in the incubator as soon as they're laid and have all different hatch dates?


    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    You probably won't get an egg every day. Every two or three. First eggs can be fertile, but they are usually smaller than regular eggs and don't offer a lot of room for developing chicks. You might have more leg and beak deformities that way. I would save the eggs for a week or ten days in a cool area, turning them at least once a day. If you put them in the incubtor as they are layed, you will be opening the lid when some are suppossed to be on lockdown. That means that you will shrink wrap the chick, and they won't hatch. good luck!
     
  3. CrazyAnimalGirl

    CrazyAnimalGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot about lockdown, didnt think all that through! Thanks for reminding me!

    Here's her first egg
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    She's tiny too
     
  4. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    Laying depends on the hen.. I have some that are hard core layers, and some that are more lax. You will figure her out. [​IMG]

    Let me tell you what I do.....
    Ok, I toss the first few eggs..see what Liz said above (Great advice!) --- unless they are of good size and it looks like they are..so whatever you think.
    I keep them in a cool room with constant temps and mark the eggs. I collect eggs and keep turning them daily back and forth.
    Then when I get a decent collection of them I send them to Patrick (by breeding partner) to hatch for me! lol

    Personally, I like to use my broody bantam hens.. I just let them lay and they will sit on their eggs when they get enough. Then I can switch out the eggs for whatever I want.

    If you dont mind her not laying for a bit, its really fun to watch them raise their own babies, but to get some quantity, you will need to use the incubator to keep her in production. If she is part serama, then she should be a super broody!
     

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