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Large breed hens with bantam rooster. Eggs not hatching. Are they incompatible?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by macdoogle2, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Songster

    Apr 3, 2011
    San Diego
    I've been trying to hatch eggs from California white hen and RIR hen with Mille Fluer rooster. Most eggs start and then quit. Some fully develop but don't hatch. Had one of the RIR eggs pip and then quit. I've put in Mille Fluer eggs fertilized by the same rooster and those do great and hatch just fine. Is the problem mixing large breed with bantam? Thank you for any responses.

  2. cbenson6820

    cbenson6820 In the Brooder

    Aug 3, 2011
    sounds like the chicks just aren't very strong. Maybe it has to do with the genetics of the hens?

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