check fertility w/o cracking egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by southernsibe, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. southernsibe

    southernsibe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope this isn't a completely stupid question, but.... Is there a way to check the fertility of an egg without cracking it open? I would hate to waste a fertile egg. I read here that one successful mating can supply enough sperm for 30 days, correct? This is about my turkey, but about egg laying and hatching, so I hope it is in the right forum. My tom is having trouble getting the job done. He usually steps on her poor head or doesn't grasp the concept of staying there long enough. I don't know it just seems as though he hasn't actully DONE it yet. But now my hen is getting really broody. I don't want to crack open her eggs. If possible I would like to know any other way. I know that letting her sit would work too, but i admit to being a bit impatient.
    Thanks for any help
    Rachel
     
  2. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only other way is to actually incubate them, so go for it!
     
  3. southernsibe

    southernsibe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I let her sit on them for a while, then candle them?
    Rachel
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The only way I know of is to incubate one for 4 - 7 days and look for veins.
     
  5. kevin2010

    kevin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does any one have any clue on what would happen to a chick if its egg were to be opened by hand on day 22? would it live or die?
     
  6. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think in most cases the chick would die or be dead.
    I think this thread is an interesting read about helping chicks out : Intervention: Helping Your Chicks Hatch
    I tried helping a chick once, but it didn't help.
     

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