When should we start hatching eggs (In NH)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ICE_Lilly, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. ICE_Lilly

    ICE_Lilly Out Of The Brooder

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    Good Morning! I am in Southwestern NH and we've only had our chickens for about a year. We did a late hatch in August using a hen and only had one chick hatch. My husband and I want to try again this year, but earlier, we're just not sure when it's ok to start letting a hen lay on the eggs in our area. Is there a temperature at night that we should wait for, or will the eggs be ok? Being in New England there's always a possibility of snow into April. Do I need to wait for the weather to be nicer?

    Thanks!!

    Elysia
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    I don't see any reason a hen would have any trouble starting now. She will be able to keep them warm. If you get a broody, go for it.
     
  3. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

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    I had silkies hatch in Ohio in November with 10 inches of snow on the ground - Broodies can do it --
     
  4. ICE_Lilly

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    Thanks! We're having issues with the hens eating the eggs before we get them each morning, so if we can cut them of that habit then I think we'll see if we can get some hatched in the next few months.
     

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