Eating fertile eggs???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by steffpeck, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Do you keep your laying hens separated from the roosters so that the eggs you eat are not fertilized??
  2. mitaha

    mitaha Hatching

    Mar 28, 2007
    Nope, we eat the fertile ones and the non fertile ones... Could not tell you the difference if I wanted too...
  3. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    The only difference between a fertilized egg and a non fertilized egg is that one has the potential, if incubated, to develop a chick, and the other does not. Other than a slight difference in the appearance of the tiny tiny germinal disk (only visible upon close inspection of the yolk), they are identical in appearance, taste, nutritional value, etc.


  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Nope, we dont seperate either. Really cant tell the difference...other than from a store bought egg...which I wont have in MY home! LOL I havent bought eggs in......hmmmm...just over a year now. I feel sorry for those store bought egg eaters! LOL
  5. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    Aww justusnak....have some mercy on those of us who dont get eggs yet....we still gotta eat 'em! [​IMG]

    As far as seperating or not, I dont plan to seperate my roos from the hens either. As long as you collect your eggs twice a day, the hens have no chance to begin incubation and the embryo (if there even is one) wont develope, and the egg will be completely fine to eat. I HAVE had chance to eat farm raised eggs and I can tell you the yolks are much richer in flavor, the whites aren't "runny" like a store boughts, and they stand up proud and tall in the pan! I cooked a farm egg and a store bought at the same time, and we could very easily tell the difference after they were cooked. The farm raised egg was WAY better! [​IMG]
  6. thechickenfarmer

    thechickenfarmer Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Does anyone know why they sell "fertilized eggs" in the grocery store? I've noticed them in the healthfood section next to the cage free and free range eggs. Is there some nutritional reason why someone wouldn't specifically seek out fertilzed eggs to eat? [​IMG] Jen
  7. JamesC

    JamesC In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2007
    Yes, people on a "Vegan" diet will not eat fertilized eggs. Since the fertilized egg contains a very tiny embryo, it's considered meat. Go figure!!!

  8. samara

    samara In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    I didn't realize that vegans age eggs, I think it is for vegetarians. Correct me if I'm wrong, but vegans don't eat meat, dairy, or eggs in anything.

  9. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    Samara, you are on target. Vegetarians usually eat eggs and milk, while a Vegan eats nothing processed by an animal (no milk, no eggs, not even honey in some cases).

    A fertilized egg would be something a vegetarian would probably avoid on principle, although the functional difference is literally a few cells on the yolk like eggchel mentioned. So it is kind of a personal choice, I should think.

  10. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    The only folks besides strict vegetarians that can't eat fertilized eggs are the Orthodox Jews and that's because they're not Kosher.
    Eggchel's given you the best advice on this.

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