Can I assume my eggs are fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by beckyloveschicks, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. beckyloveschicks

    beckyloveschicks In the Brooder

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    I have several hens and a couple of roosters that all hang out together here on the farm. I want to try to hatch some of the many eggs I'm getting. Can I just assume my eggs are fertile? I know it won't hurt anything to try, right? I get my incubator tomorrow. At what point do I start candeling to check for viability?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
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    Never assume anything!! However, they should be fertile. Try it and see. They say the earliest you should candle to see good development is 7 days. Good Luck.
     
  3. kellim

    kellim Songster

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    I usually candle at about 3 days to see if I see veins. By then i have noticed that in my fertile eggs there are VERY prominent veins. Just my experience.
     
  4. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
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    While you can candle on day three, it is not recommended. The first 4 days of the embyros life is the most delicate. You have more of a chance of them expiring early in the incubation.
     
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    The only way to know is to try incubating them. Candle after 7 days and youll know.
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    kellim Songster

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    Quote:I personally have never had a problem with any of the ones I have done this with dying early, one of our local breeders told me to do it this way and I haven't had a problem. Guess it's just personal choice.
     

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