Can you see if quail eggs are fertile?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by emsevers, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wanting to check the fertility of my quail eggs but when I crack them open the dot is so tiny. I was wondering if I would be able to see with the naked eye if they are fertile. Do I need a magnifying glass? Or am I seeing infertile eggs because the dot is so tiny?
     
  2. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    It is a tiny little bulls eye
     
  3. missy1

    missy1 New Egg

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    What you do is go into a dark area. Grab a bright flaslight and hold it up to the egg. If theres a dark spot its fertile if not theres nothing.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    they look the same as a fertile chicken egg.
     
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:you will only see that if you incubate them for atleast 3 days first. I thnk the original poster is asking about fresh eggs. Which in that case you must crack them open and look. OR put them in the incubator and incubate them and if you've got a good light you can try to candle them however unless they are bobwhite eggs candling them can be a bit of a challenge.
     
  6. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

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    Quote:you will only see that if you incubate them for atleast 3 days first. I thnk the original poster is asking about fresh eggs. Which in that case you must crack them open and look. OR put them in the incubator and incubate them and if you've got a good light you can try to candle them however unless they are bobwhite eggs candling them can be a bit of a challenge.

    Why is candling bobwhite eggs a challenge? are they the smallest ones?

    Cody!!
     
  7. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:you will only see that if you incubate them for atleast 3 days first. I thnk the original poster is asking about fresh eggs. Which in that case you must crack them open and look. OR put them in the incubator and incubate them and if you've got a good light you can try to candle them however unless they are bobwhite eggs candling them can be a bit of a challenge.

    Why is candling bobwhite eggs a challenge? are they the smallest ones?

    Cody!!

    Cody, [​IMG] I was meaning that bobwhite eggs are easy to candle (as they are white), but coturnix and what not are challenging because of the spots [​IMG]
     
  8. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

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    Ohh I get it now. i was taking it as you were saying that bobwhites are hard to candle.

    Cody!!
     
  9. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was meaning is it big enough to see the bullseye when you crack them open or is it to small to tell. I know it's just a smaller version of a chicken egg but is it so small that you can't see it without some kind of magnifying device? Maybe I'll just put some in the incubator and see what happens. That sounds easier at this point.

    I was just concerned because I only have one roo to 10 hens. I'm guessing that some must be fertile but I know that the fertility may not be very high. I'm working on getting a hutch together so that I can but 3 or 4 hens with the 1 roo and they can be my breeders. Then the rest of the eggs I get I will use for eating. But until then I was just wondering if I could check fertility without incubating.
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I would say that if it is just a tiny dot, it is not fertile. If the eggs are a few days older, the disc should get larger, in my understanding, so that would make it easier to tell. But there should be a ring around the tiny dot. [​IMG]
     

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