Can you tell if an egg is fertilized

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  1. CHRISTINEMASON

    CHRISTINEMASON New Egg

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    Let me give you a quick background. Short story. My friend, Lana and I always wanted chickens. I have a coop in my yard (prior owners) and Lana lives 1 mile away. On a whim, we decide that we're finally getting chickens. We have 12 and they are 3 weeks old today. Like a proud Mumma, we have:
    Big Bertha, Mr. Schneider, Cupcake, Mase, Rosie, Brownie, Ice Cream, Gladys, Mabel, Stella, NitWit and one un named still. Not sure if we have a rooster yet or not.

    I have a ? and I am embarrassed to even put it in print b/c it's so ridiculous. How do you know if an egg is fertilized? I expect we'll get a lot of eggs eventually and if we do have a rooster how will we know?

    I am reading books left & right & honestly, cannot find the answer to this ?.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello!

    Good question.....When you crack one of your eggs open, you will see a very small white shadow of a speck. (Or dot.) This is often called the bullseye, and it indicates the egg is fertile.

    Just to clarify, this white, shadowy speck will be on the yolk.
     
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  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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  4. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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  6. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    The only way (that I know of) is to crack the egg open and see if you can see a little dot somewhere in the yoke.

    Good luck and

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  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    the blastoderm on fertile eggs is also often called a bullseye
     
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
     

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