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 Post subject: Setting pullets eggs
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:53 am 
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I have set a collection of eggs under a smallish Plymouth Rock hen - 3 of her own (55 g), 6 large Isa x wyandotte eggs (63 g) and 2 australorp pullets' eggs (52 g ). The rooster is a young australorp. Is it asking too much to expect chickens to fully develop and hatch from the small pullets' eggs?


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 Post subject: Re: Setting pullets eggs
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:14 pm 
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Not necessarily. The chicks will have the advantage of being from young, healthy stock. The disadvantage is the restricted space which can affect growth and viability - 'Pullet chicks' often hatch smaller but may catch up. If they make it to hatch they do have the challenge of limited space to rotate in the egg (to pip and unzip) and pullet shells tend to be thicker/harder to break out of.
Your hen will easily be able to cover and incubate this number of eggs so I would give it a try.


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 Post subject: Re: Setting pullets eggs
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:34 pm 
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Definitely wirth a try :)

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 Post subject: Re: Setting pullets eggs
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while it is likly that the birds may be a little smaller unless you are showing a large breed why would it matter?


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 Post subject: Re: Setting pullets eggs
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:06 am 
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Setting from pullet eggs was a technique advocated years ago as a means of creating a 'bantamised' version of many standard breeds.
It was/is a slow selective process, each generation breeding from the smallest eggs from the smallest pullets each year, rearing the progeny leanly. The term 'leanly' does not imply starvation, but lower protein levels in the growth stages, with little high protein crumble type foods when out of the brooder, at which time they are allowed free range and a grain ration daily, this grain ration usually contains oats which has less protein than other grains. This technique was also used on purebred commercial farms to prevent breeds like leghorn males blowing out in the comb, the hunger was satisfied without further growth to the comb etc.
The result however was a true 'purebred' version of the standard breed without the necessity to outcross to any other bantam breed to achieve the result.
Many of our best true to type bantam breeds were produced this way in the last 100+ yrs.
It's a breeding strategy I use in breeding my Malay bantams or improving breed type when needed.

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 Post subject: Re: Setting pullets eggs
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:09 pm 
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Thanks everyone. Don't want to breed bantams - just concerned about condemning a chick to Dead-in-Shell at pipping stage because the large fowl genetics couldn't grow to full potential, or have room to hatch. I'll try candling the eggs in a day or two to confirm fertility, then leave the hen to it. She's an experienced mother and is doing a good job so far.
Oaklands description of breed selection sounds a bit like epigenetics - changing inherited traits through environmental factors, without changing the DNA.


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 Post subject: Re: Setting pullets eggs
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i have often set pullet eggs and have had no problems at all. Go for it!

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