Setting Chicken Eggs by the Moon's Sign

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Tina Whitehurst

Setting chicken eggs by the Moon? Here are best days to set eggs for 2016. 

According to tradition, this age-old practice will produce chickens that are healthier and mature faster.

How to Calculate Dates to Set Eggs

  • Chicks take about 21 days to hatch.
  • Those born under a waxing Moon, in the fruitful signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, are healthier and mature faster.
  • To ensure that chicks are born during these times, determine the best days to “set eggs” (to place eggs in an incubator or under a hen.)
  • To calculate the best days to set eggs, find the three fruitful birth signs. Find in your Almanac or purchase your own Moon’s Sign Calendar here.
  • Using only the fruitful dates between the new and full Moons, count back 21 days to find the best days to set eggs. See Moon phases for your area.
  • Example: the Moon is new on June 12 and full on June 26. Between these dates, on June 13 and 14, the Moon is in the sign of Cancer. To have chicks born on June 13, count back 21 days; set eggs on May 23.

2016 Best Days to Set Eggs

  • January: 1, 2, 19, 20, 28, 29
  • February: 16, 17, 24, 25
  • March: 22, 23
  • April: 1, 19, 20, 28–30
  • May: 16, 17, 25–27
  • June: 13, 14, 22, 23
  • July: 19–21
  • August: 15–17, 25, 26
  • September: 12, 13, 21, 22
  • October: 9, 10, 19, 20
  • November: 15, 16
  • December: 12, 13, 20–22

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When is the true best days to

When is the true best days to raise baby chicks or buy them

How long will the fertilized

How long will the fertilized eggs keep when you store them before setting day?

For up to 1 week; any longer

For up to 1 week; any longer and hatch rates will be affected. Keep the fertile, unwashed eggs positioned with pointed end down, in a cool and humid place in the open (temperature between 40 and 60 degrees F). Turn them daily, keeping the pointy end up. The fertility is shortened by high temperature. The earlier the eggs are set, the better. Allow the eggs to warm up slowly before placing in an incubator.

Where can I find the 2015

Where can I find the 2015 best days to set eggs calendar?

I have a hen setting and it

I have a hen setting and it is December 28th. She has been setting for a week now. Isn't it too cold to hatch eggs. I live in KY. Thanks for your advice.
Susan

Chicken eggs take about 21

Chicken eggs take about 21 days to hatch.

I had chickens set to hatch

I had chickens set to hatch in the full moon last week.(not on purpose) we got one the day before the full moon and none others. when check the eggs we had some chicks in them but none them hatched! Could the full moon affect chicks from hatching if so does it delays them or just stop them completely?

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Where do you keep the eggs

Where do you keep the eggs until you set them?

Keep the fertile eggs in a

Keep the fertile eggs in a cool and humid place in the open (temperature between 40 and 60 degrees F). The fertility is shortened by high temperature. The earlier the eggs are set, the better.

Wonderful information. Loved

Wonderful information. Loved the 2012 chart. Keep up the good work.

According to our Best Days

According to our Best Days timetable, we recommend waiting until August 20 or 21.

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Hi, Gloria, It depends on the

Hi, Gloria, It depends on the month. See our Best Days timetable and look under weaning: http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable

It would be nice to have the

It would be nice to have the dates to start eggs on here rather then to have to figure them out ourselves. GEEE

Linda, What can we say? A

Linda, What can we say? A very good point. Your wish is our command. We've added the dates for 2012 and will plan to update each year. --TOFA

Thank you very much. Not many

Thank you very much. Not many days to set eggs by. The setting hen is determined to do it her time anyway. She is her own boss I guess. LOL

Hatching eggs

Been using this system for 3 years now and it works great for me. Glad you offer the help. I continue to check back every year now to see when to set my hens and the incubators.

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