New eggs............

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HickoryHollow, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. HickoryHollow

    HickoryHollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Delaware's that should start laying soon. There is a Rhode Island Red rooster in with them. I haven't seen them setting down for him yet but probably will soon. The Pullets are about 5 1/2 months old. How long after they start producing eggs do you guys wait before putting eggs in incubator?
     
  2. Mister B

    Mister B Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would wait until I at least see him breed them. Then you know they have a chance of being fertile.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You could probably collect eggs after a couple of weeks to incubate. Just a word of caution, pullet eggs do have a lower chance of hatching. They're usually smaller, have thicker or thinner shells, sometimes they don't have all of the bits inside they're supposed to, ect.
    I hatch them fairly often, but I don't get great hatch rates from them. You'd probably have better luck if you waited a couple of months for the egg quality to even out, but I can understand not wanting to :D
     
  4. HickoryHollow

    HickoryHollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "pullet eggs do have a lower chance of hatching. They're usually smaller, have thicker or thinner shells, sometimes they don't have all of the bits inside they're supposed to, ect."

    Thanks funky....that was my concern. I will probably chance it though.....got a huge incubator that really is itching to get filled! lol
     
  5. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    I would roll the dice. I've done well with cuckoo maran pullets once the eggs get closer to a normal size (about a month after they start laying). It would also give you a chance to do a test run with the incubator to learn what does and doesn't work
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I would chance it too. I mean, I do. I hatch pullet eggs often. I've gotten some really nice birds from them.
     

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