Mother hen vs Incubator - Hatching rates ????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TenOC, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. TenOC

    TenOC Out Of The Brooder

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    First, I NEVER candle eggs -- I have studied how and I still I do not know how.

    When I let a brooding hen hatch eggs I get a hatch rate of about 50%

    When I incubate eggs I get a hatch rate of about 85%

    Is this normal??? -- How does this compare with your hatch rates
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    The opposite,
    50% incubator, unless my eggs and that is closer to 98%
    My hens do better with shipped eggs, with an 90% hatch rate
     

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