Can you eat fertile eggs?
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Yes, you can eat a fertilized egg. Gathering eggs often during the day, washing them, and getting them in the fridge are the best thing to do with your eggs, especially if you have a rooster around. All of the eggs you get won't be fertilized anyway. If they are, the most that you will probably see is a fertilization spot.
Thanks! Also if we do decide to hatch the eggs does it matter if they mix breeds? I want a barred rock rooster so what if he bread with one of our Rhode Island Red hens? What would the chick be like?
If you get ugly chickens, time to change the rooster!
Here's a lovely mixed breed hen. The rooster (a RIR) is her father, mother was a Golden Buff (red sex link from Meyer).
To me there are chickens and then pretty chickens.
You'll need to check out the Ugliest Chicken Contests here on BYC. You'll change your mind right quick.