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Can you tell if they are fertile?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Raz'sRoost, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Raz'sRoost

    Raz'sRoost Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there anyway to tell if a egg is fertile? I gather each day...is that too soon to tell or do you have to wait awhile?
     
  2. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Here's a link to a great thread showing and telling how to tell if your eggs are fertile. [​IMG]
     
  4. Raz'sRoost

    Raz'sRoost Out Of The Brooder

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    OMG! I have been trying to candle them, [​IMG]. This will be much easier Thank you both very much.

    P.s. Mary: Love ur signature!
     
  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Candling is for checking an egg that you are incubating. After you have broken a few and are satisfied that you have at least some fertilized eggs, you put them in an incubator, then you candle them to check for embryo/vein development. Depending on the egg, you might be able to see at 3 days. I usually wait till at least 7 days.
     
  6. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raz...thanks!!! Like Jen said, candling is for eggs that have been incubating. White eggs usually take 7 days to incubate for a newbie to actually see anything...Candling a brown egg will take about 10 days and you will definitely need a bright enough like to see.
     

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