Chickens and Roosters

How long does it take to hatch chicken eggs?

User Avatar
Wiki User
2010-11-03 00:33:03

Chicken eggs take exactly 21 days from the date they are started

incubating. Hatched naturally, most broody hens will take about 6

days to gather enough eggs and then set the nest. For the next 21

days she will seldom leave the nest except for defecating and

occasionally for food and water. She will not allow the eggs to

drop more than a degree or two in temperature.

Artificial incubation of eggs starts from the day you gather

enough eggs. Eggs can be gathered for up to 7 days if the first of

the eggs are maintained in cool humid conditions. Once enough have

been collected they are set into the incubator and again, 21 days

later they should start to peep (hatch).

Copyright © 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.