call me stupid if you want

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by maxxsmommy, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. maxxsmommy

    maxxsmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    307
    0
    101
    Aug 24, 2011
    Minnesota
    but i am going to get a rooster soon and i have 4 hens. none are laying yet but when they do how do I know which eggs are fertile?? how can i tell??
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2011
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Unless your rooster is defective they all will be. With only 4 hens, I would try to find an older rooster look for someone who wants to retire one from their breeding flock. (Don't forget to quarantine!) Good luck.
     
  3. maxxsmommy

    maxxsmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    307
    0
    101
    Aug 24, 2011
    Minnesota
    ok so pretty much just assume all are fertile and leave them be? and If i want eggs for eating should i just let him mate with like 2 hens and keep the other 2 away from him? [​IMG] sorry if i sound dumb, I've never had chickens up to the point of where they were laying. (my others died when they were around 4 months old due to a raccoon)... [​IMG]
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    16,242
    104
    336
    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    You can eat all the fertile eggs you want and no harm will be done. As long as they aren't under proper heat, around 98-101 degrees and proper humidity for more than 2 days, you're perfectly fine. [​IMG]


    [​IMG] I know how ya feel on the raccoon issue.
     
  5. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    492
    0
    129
    Aug 17, 2009
    Connecticut
    No, you can eat fertilized eggs. they are fine to eat and taste no different than a non fertilied egg. people do it all the time
     
  6. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can eat them even if they're fertile. Just don't put them in the incubator and then eat them. Not such a good idea. But you can eat a fresh egg whether it's fertile or not.
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    5,493
    58
    268
    Mar 28, 2011
    MN
    You might want to add a few more hens, so your rooster is not too rough. I'd love to have a boy myself, but the hubby says no way! Maybe in a few years I'll talk him into it.
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,686
    2,626
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    There's no difference in fertile or non-fertile for eating except for an extra cell(sperm).
    Some people prefer fertile but really there's no difference unless they've been stored above 75 degrees for any length of time.

    I agree with emys an older rooster won't be so aggressive. Young ones will ride 4 girls to death (almost) and have them cowering in the corners.

    The eggs will also be fertile a couple weeks after the roo is gone.
     
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    19,965
    3,131
    476
    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    This thread has photos and good information on how to look for the bull's eye to tell if they are fertile. If you cannot find anything on top, the bulll's eye may be hiding on the bottom of the egg. Just turn it over gently with a spoon. If most of the eggs you open are fertile, most of the ones you don't open are also fertile.

    Fertile Egg Photos
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008&p=6
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by