lots of questions ( im a new chicken owner :] )

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sarahloveschickens, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. sarahloveschickens

    sarahloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK so i just witnessed my silkie roo mating with my americauna hen.... i have a few questions..
    How long till she starts laying fertilzed eggs?
    How will I no if the eggs are fertilized?

    I already made my incubator :] so thats all set and i no what temp to put the eggs at ( 99 degrees )

    Thanks
    Sarah
     
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
  3. sarahloveschickens

    sarahloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:what do you mean crack them open? You mean like break it open and look at the yolk.. well I dont want to kill the baby is there another way?
     
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    Well, if you want to make sure the eggs are fertile before wasting time incubating... in which case they will be no good for either hatching or eating at that point if they are not fertile... you can eat the first few, checking as you crack them open for the telltale bullseye mark. Then you can assume that any following eggs will be fertile for hatching

    Or, you can put them in the bator..... if they grow, they were fertile, if not, possibly not.
     
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  5. sarahloveschickens

    sarahloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks :]
     
  6. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
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    I think I read it takes 2 days for the eggs to be fertile. So, if you had an all hen flock and tossed in a roo and he immediately starting doing his duty, the girls should start laying fertile eggs in 2 days.

    Good luck!
     
  7. sarahloveschickens

    sarahloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks :]
     
  8. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just remember that not all fertile eggs will develop all the way to hatching, due to a number of factors. We have tons of information on this site about incubating and hatching. Use the BYC search feature, it's great! [​IMG]
     

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