Can you tell if egg is fertile by candling?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicken Charlotte, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Chicken Charlotte

    Chicken Charlotte Out of the Brooder

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    I wanted to know because I dont always want to FLIPPING open them and waste them!!!
     
  2. With lighter eggs you should be able to with a strong light, but the darker the eggs get, the harder it will be.
     
  3. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    Do you mean before you incubate them? In that case no, it's not possible to tell without opening them and looking for the bullseye.
     
  4. aussieheelr

    aussieheelr Songster

    Only way to tell if an egg is fertile without incubation is to crack them open, sorry. The candeler won't be able to see the target, it will only make any growth show up like veins etc.
     

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