I don't know what forum to put this in. I had someone who asked if my eggs were fertile or only for eating. I do have a cockerel and he is mating the girls (well, I'm not sure if he's mating ALL but I know he's mating the ones who are laying). Now, my pullets are still fairly young 6 1/2mos (4 of them are laying) and the younger are 5mos 1wk (only one of the younger is laying). I only have 1 that breeds pure (buff orpington), the others would be mix (golden sex link, cochin, leghorn, easter eggers). I can tell whose eggs belong to who so if I were pulling BO eggs to sell what is a fair price per egg? And if I were to pull mix eggs what is a fair price per egg? And price per dozen for pure vs mix?
Another question. I know they can't be stored in the fridge, so on the counter in a carton, big side up, in an egg carton, does that work? Do you rinse if there is any poop on it? I know you don't want to scrub away the protective coating, but I also read soiled eggs shouldn't go into incubation being soiled.
If it took me several days to collect, how many days do I have until they'd be considered "too old" for incubation? Is it 1wk or 2wks for chicken eggs?
I never really considered selling for incubation because I worry about "what if some aren't fertile" in the grouping. I don't want to frustrate someone, but there are a lot of other variables during incubation too (and I'm new to incubating too, so I don't have a bunch of tips/tricks) aside from the fertility of the egg (proper temps, humidity, storing, cleaning, etc that I'm reading about). I don't really know that I can "offer" any sort of guarantee for fertility either though. Other than the fact that when I have cracked eggs for cooking I can tell which are and aren't fertile (which does no good for incubation), out of 8 eggs I cracked for cooking today (french toast) 6 were fertile (obvious bullseye), 2 didn't look fertile (didn't see bullseye, just solid white circle, but it was pretty big, not small so not 100% sure).
I collect my eggs every day. I stick them in the fridge right away, since I'm not planning for incubation myself until close to spring if I incubate at all this year (still have a lot to learn I think, and I built an incubator, but I think it needs some work still).