Whats a normal hatching rate?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by UBkevy, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. UBkevy

    UBkevy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking of trying to get 4-6 silkie hens and having them in a nursery coup. Then have them hatch fertile eggs that I will buy. I just need to know the hatch rate of eggs that are raised by a chicken. My goal is to hatch 20 hens a year so that means approx 40 chicks and will need to know how many eggs I would need. Then i would know if my 4-6 silkies would be able to do the job
     
  2. cashdl

    cashdl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shipped hatching eggs usually have a low hatch rate. I would say 25% average and if you get a higher hatch rate sometimes, consider it a bonus.

    Lanae
     
  3. quibs

    quibs Out Of The Brooder

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    I ordered hatching eggs and got 9 out of 12 in my last hatch
     
  4. TedJan92_in_Idaho

    TedJan92_in_Idaho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had 0 hatch out of 24 and 29 out of 30 hatch another time. There is no way to know what percentage will hatch. Now the first time I was using one of those metal Sears incubators tha was junk. Second time I was using a Roll-x. I have had 100% hatches with my eggs more times than not with it.
     
  5. SierraView

    SierraView Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you're buying shipped eggs then the average hatch is 50% so you need 80 eggs a year. If they aren't shipped it will be less. I would use 80 as the most you need to buy.
     
  6. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is normal rates for your own eggs?
    At what age does fertility peak?
    Does method of incubation have much to do with it? UBkevy and I are both talking about using broodies, but Ted and Jan discuss results with two vastly different incubators they tried.
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2011

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