Bash me, I'm new

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by firebugfab, May 20, 2008.

  1. firebugfab

    firebugfab In the Brooder

    May 3, 2008
    I have 2 RIR's. I got them 10 weeks ago. I've now figured out I have a roo and a hen. I think I'll keep the roo and get 1 or 2 more chicks (hopefully girls).

    So, my question is this: How do I know if the eggs layed are fertilized? Of course I don't have eggs yet, but I'm planning ahead. I wouldn't mind hatching a few just so my kiddos can witness it but I'm mainly interested in eggs to eat.

    Ok, now bash me for being so ignorant in the ways of chickens.
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Ok, bash bash. [​IMG] Welcome to BYC.

    The only dumb questions are the ones people don't ask.

    The only way to know if an egg from a mated hen is fertile is to crack some open and look for the donut ring or bullseye on the yolk or to incubate them for a few days and look for the veins to begin to grow.
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    welcome to byc...

    Dont worry we dont bite to hard.
  4. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Crowing

    Mar 1, 2007
    [​IMG] [​IMG] If you have a rooster in with hens they eggs will most likley be fertilized. But you can do as Miss Prissy said, when they start laying crack an egg open and look for a bulls eye if it's fertile and if it's not it'll just be a white dot. Good luck with your chickens!
  5. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Are the fertile eggs ok to eat? Ok see firebugfab.....we all ask dumb quesitons. Hahaha [​IMG] Seriously i bought some eggs off a neighbor and he said don't worry if you see a little blood.....ewwwww...I guess he would have told me if i shouldn't eat them right?
    Last edited: May 20, 2008
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Love the avatar firebug

    Jolyn - those little blood spots are fine to eat, you can chase em around with a spoon for 10 minutes, and if you can't catch em pick em out with your fingers. [​IMG]
  7. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Crowing

    Mar 1, 2007
    Quote:I don't think blood spots have nothing to do with eggs being fertile. Actually fertile eggs have less colesteral, so they are very healthy to eat and don't taste different from any other egg.
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Bloodspots don't affect the eggs, they also have nothing to do with being fertile.
  9. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    They'd most likely be fertile, but they're still okay to eat. Welcome to BYC. [​IMG] bash bash bash....
  10. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Thanks guys!![​IMG]

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