The Best Days To Set Eggs

When are and what are the "Best Days to Set Eggs" this year? We have the dates.

Ever since the very first issue of the Farmers’ Almanac hit the presses back in 1818, the annual Best Days calendar has been one of the most popular features. But what is a “Best Day,” anyway?

Throughout human history, many people have believed that it’s best to conduct tasks when the Moon is in the most favorable position. The Farmers’ Almanacs Best Days calendar is based on many formulas that take the Moon’s place in the zodiac, as well as its phase, into consideration. Though the results are not guaranteed, many people swear they get better results when using the Moon as a guide.

The Best Days to Set Eggs in 2024

According to Moon lore and the Almanac’s 200-year-old formula, for the best hatch rate, you should set eggs (place eggs under a hen or in an incubator) so that the chicks are born during the “fruitful” signs of the Moon during specific phases. You may have heard this called “setting eggs by the Moon.” This is an age-old practice that is said to produce healthy chickens.

A chick usually takes about 21 days to hatch.

Based on this formula, here are the best days to set eggs in 2024:

January2, 3, 21, 22, 29-31
February18, 26, 27
March24, 25
April20-22, 30
May1, 18, 19, 28, 29
June14, 15, 24, 25
August18, 19
September14, 15, 23, 24
October11-13, 20-22
November17, 18
December13, 15, 22

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Robin Nichols

My son wants his wedding on 1/23/2023 to take place on the beach. We live close to Sarasota. Will that be a good day for that?


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Dee Gilmore

I’m having knee surgery December 15,2021.
Where are the signs of the baby on this date?

Sandi Duncan

Hi Dee, here is a list of where the Moon is in the zodiac – https://www.farmersalmanac.com/calendar/zodiac. And while tradition points to “better” days for surgery, we recommend you take your doctor’s advice. Best of luck!


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Sandi Duncan

Hi Tammy,
Our Best Days Calendar — https://www.farmersalmanac.com/calendar/best-days does list the best day to start a diet. You can get the entire year’s calendar by becoming a member or picking up the print edition. Good luck!

Lisa P

When is the best time to improve your sleep habits?

Sandi Duncan

Hi Lisa,
Our Best Days Calendar doesn’t list that specific tip – but you may want to try when the Moon is wanning – which is after the full Moon this weekend. Also here’s an article that might help – https://www.farmersalmanac.com/how-to-get-good-nights-sleep-28854

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Susan Higgins

Hi Pam, CAPRICORN (December 22–31 and January 1–19). Earthly, feminine, movable, somewhat productive. Related to the knees, spleen, skin, hair, teeth, and bones. Planetary ruler is Saturn. Check here for when the Moon occupies this area here.

Ann Stone

Where are the “best dates to plant” ?

Sandi Duncan

Hi Ann,

Here’s a helpful link – https://www.farmersalmanac.com/calendar/gardening

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Susan Higgins

Thank you so much, this really help me on my current event, and I have chickens, so this really helped me to know when too hatch out eggs <3 MwM

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