Babies vs. Yolk

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rham5151, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. rham5151

    rham5151 Out Of The Brooder

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    1. How do you tell the difference between an egg with a chick, and an egg with just a yolk?
    2. Is there a difference of how they are concieved, layed?
    3. What is the difference between egg color?
    4. Anything else I should know about eggs, and egg laying?
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Hmmmm.... where to start!

    1) all eggs have a small white spot on the yolk. If the egg is fertilized, there is a "ring" around that white spot - looks kind of like a doughnut. If it's not fertilized, there will be no doughnut. This isn't easy to spot unless you're looking for it - most people would never know if they were eating a fertilized egg.

    2) There is no difference in how they are laid. Obviously, you need a rooster to fertilize the egg and he fertilizes the egg long before it is laid.

    There are only 2 ways to tell if an egg has been fertilized or not.
    i) Crack it open and look for the "doughnut". This way has very poor hatching rates. [​IMG]
    ii) Incubate it in an incubator or under a broody hen. See if it develops.

    3) No color difference between fertilized/non-fertilized.

    Does this answer all your questions?
     
  3. rham5151

    rham5151 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes it does for the most part. thank you. But for the last question. I want to know what is difference between different colored eggs (taste, health, and what causes the different colors.) Thank you for your help. Also what is a broody?
     
  4. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    The difference between different colored eggs is.... the COLOR! [​IMG] Seriously though, it's a very common misconception that different colored eggs have different properties, when in actuality they're all the same. Its what the chickens eat that changes the make-up of the egg (how healthy, how it tastes). For example, free-ranging chickens tend to have more omega-3 fatty acids and have a much darker yolk which tastes much better (I think).

    Here's more information than you probably want on egg color:

    Egg shells come in 2 base colors, either white or blue.
    Most breeds have a white base, but some also have blue (EEs, Ameraucanas, etc.)
    To get a brown shell, the hens put a brown coating on the egg (white base). To get a green egg, the hen puts a brown coating on the blue base. The color egg a hen lays is determined by her genetics.

    A broody hen is one who wants to raise a "brood" of chicks. She wants to sit on her nest until her eggs hatch (21 days) and then will typically mother her chicks.
     

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