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Should I try hatching my own eggs first?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by deenamr, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. deenamr

    deenamr Songster

    Jul 6, 2008
    Central Oregon
    I was a given a free lg incubator. I am thinking of hatching eggs for the first time. I have been looking around on line for eggs for sale and have been thinking that maybe I should trying hatching some of my own as a practice run before I start spending money buying eggs. I have a silver pheonix banty rooster and I am wondering about crossing him with my large breed hens. I am concerned about what kind of chicks this will produce. Does anyone cross the two sizes of chickens?

    The eggs I am currently getting have the bulls eye look of a fertile egg that I saw pictures of on this website so I believe they are fertilized.

  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Hatchiong your own first is always a good idea.
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Yours first.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Yep, I agree...do yours first.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, there is a definite learning curve with incubating, especially with the LG's, which at times, can be harder to regulate.
  6. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I absolutely agree, use your own first. [​IMG] good luck!!
  7. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    Yours first, and probably second and third until you get you hatch rate up where you want it for paid for shipped eggs. There is an unavoidable learning curve for what works with your incubator, in your home, at this time, with your schedule, everything. There is an art to making all of that balance out and end up with live chicks. Best of luck in your first hatch! We all want to see the pics or hear the stories at the very least!

  8. deenamr

    deenamr Songster

    Jul 6, 2008
    Central Oregon
    So I am going to use my own eggs. Is there any issue because I have a banty roo and large breed hens? It's ok if I end up with medium size mutt chickens as long as there is not a health concern with mixing the sizes.

    I am already making a list of breed types I want to buy to hatch when I am ready. I think I am becoming a chicken addict.
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Fertility may be low but the babies that you do get will be fine.

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