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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:41 am 
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What are peoples thoughts on incubating large eggs?

I have one fertile egg supplier that thinks biggest is best.

Personally I it seems 55g to 80g for standard size chooks works better than 90+ g eggs.

Very large eggs may not fit in the incubator racks very well.

What are other peoples thoughts and experiences?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:56 am 
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Probably depends on the source of the egg - different breeds/strains lay different sized eggs so that should not be significant. Eggs also tend to get larger as a hen ages and shells become thinner - that might be significant. Some avoid hatching from pullet eggs - the genetics are still the same (I do so successfully but prefer to wait until they are a reasonable size).
I guess you might have to keep records and crunch the numbers (although there would be lots of variables).
My assumption is that the quality of the egg is the most important.

Caution with over large eggs -double yolkers are unlikely to succeed.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:56 pm 
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I think there are so many variables it would be a challenge to work out.

The eggs from this supplier seem to have poor fertility but this could be for many reasons.

If one hen in a pen tends to lay larger eggs is it the size of the eggs or another issue with the hen?

I can see that double yorkers would be best not to incubate.


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