Fertile eggs vs. Non-Fertile eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RIRMOM, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. RIRMOM

    RIRMOM In the Brooder

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    I have one RIR hen, (not sure of her age) who lays one large brown egg a day. How do I know if the egg is okay to eat? I have rigged a "candling system" but don't know what I am looking for since the egg is brown and hard to see through. She isn't going any where near broody, so I sorta gave up on chickies for a while. Total of flock is one hen and one rooster who are always together, free-ranging in a 25'x25' fenced off area of the yard with a small coop made out of an old LARGE doghouse(4'x4'x5'tall inside) as welll as a nesting box built onto it. So as for the eggs.....eat or not eat, and then....what to do with the eggs that we can't eat?? signed...confused.
     
  2. bigT88

    bigT88 Chirping

    You can eat the eggs if they are fertile or not. A fertile egg will not harm you when consumed.
     
  3. RIRMOM

    RIRMOM In the Brooder

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    Oh, okay....thanks.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

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    Unless you add a heat source via a broody hen or an incubator, the eggs will not develop. It's perfectly fine to eat fertile eggs - unless you know what to look for, you wouldn't know the difference.
     

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