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Thinking about hatching some babies in the spring!! Now what?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bec, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    My hubby and I thought it would be fun to let one of the girls hatch out some babies. I did a search and couldn't find any threads that 100% answered my questions. So here it goes!

    Ok, I have 17 hens and 2 roos. 1 roo has his group of girls that he "tends" to and the other roo has his select few girls. My question is, how do I know the eggs will be fertile? I mean, I know I see them breeding the girls, but how do you know if they are getting the job done or not?

    I have 2 hens in particular that go broody on a regular basis, so I was just going to pick who ever is broody at the time to hatch out the babies! How many eggs should I put under her?

    I have cracked open eggs to try to see a bulls eye, but I just can't tell!

    Help!! [​IMG]
  2. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I would go ahead and geather eggs when one of the hens shows signs of going broody. I had two hens share a nest and one would care for the eggs while the other got off to eat and drink ect. After a week or so you can candle the eggs to see if they are fertile or not.

    You only want to put as many eggs under her as she can cover. If eggs are sticking out then that's too many. Altho I know of a small banty hen that hatched out over 18 eggs. She did a heck of a job on them.
  3. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    How do you calculate a fertility rate? If I wanted, let just say, 6 babies, how many eggs should I set?
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    If it were me and I wanted 6 then I'd set about 10 to give myself room for error.
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Chances are if you see your roo doing his job they are fertile !!

    Here are some pics to help you tell when looking at the yolk.... https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008

    you want 6 chicks I would set 10-12 eggs. If you want more hens I would set 15 since 50% of the chicks will/should be roosters.
  6. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I can't wait now! I do want some more EE's so I think I will set some EE's, some Orps and some Delaware Blues! Hoping to get a few of each, but the EE's and Orps will be bred with my partridge cochin roo. He seems to take care of all the orps and EE's, the blue hen roo sticks to the blue hen girls!

    These will be my first home grown babies! I think I will wait until late March or Early April....to think that is too early? I don't want the babies to be cold out there!~
  7. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    If you want to confirm fertility I bet if you offered eggs for the cost of shipping to folks on the board here, you would be out your time and wrapping materiel but nothing further. I dont need them but normally it is not a problem, someone will likely take them.. I agree that bulls eye is sometimes hard to see. I use a flashlight an some times a magnifying glass. But I am old and eyesight is waning LOL.

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