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When Can I start Incubating??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rainstorm, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. Rainstorm

    Rainstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Lake Placid FLorida
    I was told its not the best to start incubating the eggs when they first start laying, I couldnt resist putting the first egg in just to see if it works.
    But when should I start incubating Really? How long should I wait?
    She started on tuesday, and has laid 3 eggs so far
    Shes a Mallard/Rouen (not sure which)
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I like to start incubating when I have egs and an incubator... [​IMG]

    That sounds like a smart aleck remark...but it is so true!! I have stuff going all the time! It is too hard to stop!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Rainstorm

    Rainstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Lake Placid FLorida
    Quote:LOL ok
    but I wa told that you dont get very good hatches or any when they first start. is that true?
     
  4. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    Have you checked for fertility? I usually crack the eggs for a week or two to make sure the roo is doing his job. Otherwise, you're wasting time. After that, I've hatched eggs no problem.
     
  5. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    typically yes your hatch rate is a little lower...so what you do is buy a bunch of eggs and add to yours and then you get to watch birds hatch! It is best to add a bunch of quail cuz they get after it when they hatch! [​IMG]
     
  6. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didnt wait. I now have around 28 chicks running around lol.
     
  7. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy

    Quote:[​IMG]
     
  8. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my ducks just started laying a couple weeks ago and i got a bunch in the bator now
     
  9. djackjr

    djackjr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wish I could:

    Oh if I did that the wife would oh so kill me.....I am not allowed to hatch any chickens till these are getting older ....and they are only 25 weeks....so Sigh no incubating fo me.....
     

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