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When to incubate eggs from new layers?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KellyHM, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    I have 2 5-month-old Easter Egger hens and one 8-month-old EE rooster. The hens haven't started laying yet, but when they do I'd like to incubate some eggs. I was just wondering how long I need to wait after they start laying for the eggs to be viable. Will they be ready right away or do I need to let their systems get into the swing of things or a while?
     
  2. luvzmybabz

    luvzmybabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some people say you can set smallish pullets eggs but I have always waited at least 1 month of steady laying before setting, and even then I could definitely tell which birds can from pullet they are 7 months old now and there are still a couple same age that were smaller eggs and you can still see it, compared to the others.
     
  3. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've hatched lots of eggs from pullets, and I always wait at least a month, too. The eggs/chicks will still be smaller, but the chicks mature to normal adult size - at least mine have.
     
  4. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, wait till the eggs are almost full size. They may be fertile right away but the chick inside is genetically programmed to be a certain size. If the egg is too small, the chick will grow too large and will not hatch or will have trouble hatching.
     
  5. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks so much for the advice! Now, if they would just start laying eggs...[​IMG]
     

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