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Question About A Hen's First Eggs..... New To The Chicken World

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by luvmychix, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. luvmychix

    luvmychix Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    My 2 hens just started laying eggs yesterday! I would like to try to hatch them but was told that the fertility my not be all that great because of the roosters and hens being young still…… is this true? Should I try to hatch them? Sorry if this questions sounds dumb to some of you but I am new to the chicken world! Thanks in advance!

  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I don't have a rooster, but am curious about the answer.

    I'm bumping the post!
  3. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    I would wait a while, befor trying to hatch. Let the girls work the kinks out of the system. Why not wait til spring and let mother nature take it's course.
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I second the waiting...

    First eggs are usually small and I can't imagine a standard-sized chick will survive in a banty-size egg. Even if it's fertile, I don't think it would hatch. Some of my pullets have laid double-yokers, no-yokers, soft-shelled eggs...all of which would die if I tried to incubate them. I would give your girls a few months to mature and hatch out some cute spring chicks.
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I agree, I would wait a while. I have tried hatching pullet eggs (not by choice, it was what was sent to me) and had a lot of chicks die because they couldn't move to get themselves out [​IMG] . They took up most of the air cell with their bodies and ended up suffocating. Good luck!
  6. luvmychix

    luvmychix Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    Quote:I forgot to say that they are bantam's....
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    The issue with first eggs is not typically fertility, but the size of the egg. I am getting some fresh eggs from young girls - the eggs are very small, but upon cracking them open they are fertile. I will wait a couple weeks to start incubating them to allow the egg size to improve and give the chicks the best chance at hatchability.


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