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Is this a bullseye in a fertilized egg?

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I did not think I had any roosters old enough to mate yet. All of my boys were hatched in 10/21. This egg sure looks fertilized to me, but I'm not quite sure.


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Hmm, kinda 50/50. What breeds are the cockerels? Some mate younger than others. The one on the right doesn't really look fertile but the one on the left does seem to have a bullseye...

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
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Hard to tell with the glare on the yolk.  It looks like it may be fertile.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Black copper maran
Easter egger
Speckled Sussex
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Originally Posted by sma200 View Post

Black copper maran
Easter egger
Speckled Sussex

Hmm... those are not quick growing breeds so I'd be doubtful and guess it's just a weirdly shaped non-bullseye. But if it is really fertile you've got a virile little fella on your hands... sounds like a darn good breeder if he can mount, hit the mark, and actually be biologically capable at this age.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
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I have had one of the black copper marans chasing the girls around, and jumping on the backs of the pullets (that just layed their first egg 2 days ago), but I reallllllly did not think he was old enough to fertilize anything yet - ha ha. The egg that was fertilized came from a small bantam.  The other egg in the picture was from a larger Easter Egger and it didnt have the bullseye. So IF one of my guys has figured things out, then maybe he is getting to the smaller hens. 

I have been wanting to cook a recipe of some kind that has ALOT of eggs in it all day so that I can crack open a few more.

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I was quite eager to cook breakfast this morning to see if I found any other fertilized eggs, and I did.  Most of the eggs cooked were not fertile, but the last egg I cracked open has the bullseye.  I grabbed my camera and snapped a quick pic of a non-fertilzed egg, as well as a fertlized egg.  I loaded the pics in photoshop and reversed the color so it would look similar to an x-ray.  Here is the result.  I find it very cool and facinating :)

a few scenerios for having fertilized eggs (all not very likely)
1. One of my cockerels from 10/21 hatched matured very fast 
2. One of my two guineas is a roo and trying to make guin / guin-hen
3. Hen has stored sperm from the previous home it was at over 4 months ago


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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