When are they old enough?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by E.M. Silkies, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. E.M. Silkies

    E.M. Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2010
    If a chicken starts laying at 6 months(give or take) when is it ok to start taking their eggs for hatching? With some chickens their eggs are smaller when they first start laying... So when are they big enough to hatch off?
  2. Silkie-Feet

    Silkie-Feet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2010
    Ky, Kentucky
    To check the fertility of an chicken egg, simply break an egg or egg(s) in a smooth bowl. You should see a white mark on the yolk. If you do not, use a spoon to flip the yolk over until you locate it.

    Fertile and Infertile Eggs
    If the egg is fertile, the white mark will be nearly perfectly round. If it is infertile, the white mark will not be very round, and in most cases, smaller than that of the fertile mark. If the egg is not fertile, the 'white mark' is called a "blastodisc". If the egg is fertile, the 'white mark' it is called a "blastoderm", and this means that cell division,because of fertilization, occurred.

    Read more: How to tell if your Chicken Eggs are Fertile | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4715979_tell-chicken-eggs-fertile.html#ixzz0yscADqsz

    hope it helps i didnt know so i looked it up to help both of us! PS: you cant see the dot on the infertil egg so its a oval.
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  3. bantyhen'sfriend

    bantyhen'sfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2009
    Southern Wisconsin
    I know some breeders won't hatch pullet eggs because the chicks can get too big for the eggshell and find it hard to hatch. But, I would start hatching as long as you are getting consistant sizes from all the girls.
  4. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2010
    Southern California
    My chickens were hatched on 2/8/2010. I set some of their eggs under a broody on 8/16. They hatched 3 so far, on 9/6. [​IMG]
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I like to let them lay for at least another 3 months so the size of egg will be large enough for the chick.

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