Waiting Period for New Laying Hens & Incubation of Their Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by crazypolishchic, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. crazypolishchic

    crazypolishchic Out Of The Brooder

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    How long after a hen first starts laying should I wait to collect her eggs to incubate? The first eggs are always small so I don't know whether to wait until the eggs are bigger to ensure a bigger, healthier chick or if it's ok to go ahead and incubate. My Speckled Sussex has been laying for about a week now.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Yes, your instincts are correct. Do wait until they've laid a dozen eggs, perhaps two dozen, in order to have a better sized egg. The chicks produced tend to thrive much better.
     
  3. crazypolishchic

    crazypolishchic Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply!
     
  4. Pancholoco

    Pancholoco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets started to lay almost 3 weeks ago and I still getting small eggs.
     

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