Fertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by crealbilly, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are these RIR eggs fertile? They came fresh out of two sperate hens - less than 30 minutes from lay to frypan.
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  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look fertile to me
     
  3. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome - I just got this young RIR roo about a month ago - for fertilizing eggs. I have a few other questions if that's OK?

    I noticed two of my 17 hens have went broody over the past week and half or so and get pretty aggressive when I take eggs out from underneath them. I would like to leg mark these to hens - what's the best method for leg marking a hen? I was going to use a loose fitting zip tie - is there something better?

    Also I want to see if either of these two broody hens will hatch out eggs. I would like to mark the eggs in case another hen decides to lay when the broody is up from the nest. I was thinking of using a sharpie but not sure seeing it's chemicals and all - what is good to mark eggs?

    Thanks again
     
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  4. gdivita

    gdivita New Egg

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    thanks for sharing, I looked at an egg that was laid yesterday with my grand daughters and it was fertile. They loved seeing this. Now I need to figure out how to incubate some.
     
  5. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let your broody girls do the job. Watching mom and chicks is so special.
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Are your hens RIRs too?? If so, you're lucky cause RIRs are bred not to be broody. I think a good majority use the zip strips to leg band, just make sure there's enough room to cut it off if you need to.
    People use sharpies all the time, I don't, I use pencil, and with broodies that gets rubbed off A LOT, but there are those that argue sharpies do not hurt the chicks.
     
  7. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only chickens I have are RIRs. 17 hens a little over 1 year old now and a recent purchased RIR roo about 7 months old.

    I'm glad I have two broody hens - I guess I feel lucky to have them now.

    was thinking... I might put my two broody hens in large dog creates with hay on the floor, food & water and with 6 fresh layed eggs. See what happens in about 21 days.

    This is all new to me...
     
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  8. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How are things going with the hens sitting on the eggs? Did you move them, or leave them?
     
  9. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I havnt started yet I got a mean hen to deal with plucking tail and back feathers out of the other hens. I'm trying to catch her in the act so I can have some mean chicken soup
     
  10. RHBRanch

    RHBRanch Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a few hens that are missing neck and back feathers and it's actually the rooster getting aggressive during breeding. He never did that until he got a month or so older. I also have a hen that plucks the feathers out of the hens lower in the pecking order but only when they are in her space.
     
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