Fertile Eggs OK to eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by m2wandc, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. m2wandc

    m2wandc Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    All of my hens have fertile eggs, because our roo is busy...but lately a broody hen has been sitting on them all day (I collect daily most of the time...every other day on weekends) and so when I collect they are very warm...I marked these particular eggs with a sharpie pen (F) so I know they are the ones that got particularlly warm....and I plan to crack them in a separate bowl just incase something looks funky....but curious if there are any signs I should look for that indicate "DO NOT EAT" (like runny yoke, feathers [​IMG] etc...)

  2. i eat those eggs pretty much every day! any that have been sat on by a broody for more than a few hours i keep for myself instead of selling to customers. i'd probably go so far as to eat one that had been sat on for about a day. more than that and it'd really depend. when you crack the egg, you may see some vasculature starting to form, but they should still be fine to eat. it's a personal call more than anything.
  3. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    It takes more than a few hours of being sat on for a fertile egg to develop. If it has been under your hen for a few days it may start to develop and you would see veining. Other than that fertile eggs are the same as any other egg.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    What NoseyChickens said.

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