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Are These Eggs Fertile or Infertile?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheLukeMeister, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkie chicken laid these eggs (yes at the same time) earlier this morning and I can't tell if they are fertile. I do have a rooster but he's young and so is the hen.


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    Anyone have any idea?
     
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How young are the silkies?
     
  3. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are about 5 1/2 months old and have been laying for about 1 1/2 weeks.
     
  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never had much luck trying to determine if fresh eggs are fertile or not. I've always incubated some eggs for several days and then candled them to see if an embryo was forming. My silkies are sexually mature at six months; able to produce fertile eggs. My serama mature much faster, roosters able to fertilize eggs at three months. However, I've found that the embryos do not live long enough to hatch until the parent stock is a few months older. In short, the eggs may be fertile, but the birds not mature enough for their eggs to hatch.
     
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  5. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright. So at about 9 months I can try to hatch them?

    And back to the question, does anyone know if they are fertile or infertile?
     
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  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I think they are fertile. The "bullseye" folks look for is that white spot. As the egg is a little older will form a clear ring making the classic bullseye. These are day old eggs right? Crack one that's 3-5 days and I bet you see it.
     
  7. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, okay. Yeah I cracked them open a couple hours after they were laid cause I got hungry [​IMG] XD Okay I will!
     
  8. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I certainly would not wait to see if they would hatch; do so now if you wish. Just don't be too disappointed if they do not hatch. Good luck.
     
  9. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright. Thanks!
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Those are absolutely fertile.
     

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