What are the best chicken eggs for hatching?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cowgirlqt96, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. cowgirlqt96

    cowgirlqt96 New Egg

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    My son wants to get a small incubator and hatch a few eggs himself instead of buying chicks this year and I am trying to find the best chance of hatching. Should I buy eggs or get some from my girls we already have< mix breeds, polish crested, RIR, leghorns, marans, & bantams>
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Fertile ones.
    If you have a rooster with them then your eggs would be the best bet.
    Transporting eggs can create some problems.
    If you don't have a roo you might be able to find some local on craigslist.
    People sell hatching eggs on here or also ebay.
    Sometimes shipped eggs work ok sometimes not.
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Shipped eggs are typically problematic. Your own eggs if you have a rooster are best and driving locally to pick up eggs would be your next good choice.
     
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    cowgirlqt96 New Egg

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    Thank you both for the answers. I do have 2 roosters with my hens. Now I have another question tho, how do I kno which eggs are fertilized and is there a certian way I need to collect the eggs?
     
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  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Open a few and look for the circle rather than the dot. If you find some fertiles, chances are they all are.\

    Keep the nests clean, only use clean eggs, collect often especially in freezing weather, store below 70 degrees but above freezing - preferably about 50, store large end up, turn a couple times a day.
     

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