Fertile eggs vs. Non-Fertile eggs


In the Brooder
7 Years
May 14, 2012
Rice, Texas
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.

Happy Chooks

Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Jul 9, 2009
Northern CA
My Coop
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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