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Fertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tobit, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. tobit

    tobit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone tell me if these eggs are fertile?

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  2. tobit

    tobit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only ever see pip (hen number 3) being mated, the rest avoid being mated
     
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  4. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Collect a few eggs and put them in the incubator. Then you will get your answer.;)
     
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  5. tobit

    tobit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sadly I only have the "natural" kind[​IMG] - So it would seem a little harsh to let a broody incubate eggs for several days and then remove them!


    Thanks, that's also what I thought, the white dots (blastodiscs) seem very large for infertile eggs, but it's very hard to make out a white "bulls eye"...[​IMG]
    maybe someone else will chip in too with their opinion
     
  6. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would give one of your broody hens a couple of eggs! They look fertile, so go for! Take the plunge! She won't mind! Broody hens live sitting on eggs!! Fertile or not!

    Good luck!
     
  7. tobit

    tobit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I would but I'm trying to break (unsuccessfully) my current broody hen as we dont have the space to accommodate more chickens :/
     
  8. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, okay so why worry about the eggs being fertile it not if you don't want to hatch any? You just want to know if your rooster is doing his job? Lol!
     
  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Agreed - they all appear fertile. Not seeing a mating is not reliable as the hen can store sperm in her system for some time so even if he only mates a given hen once in a week (or more) she can produce fertile eggs and you can see how you might miss one or two matings over a span of days.
     
  10. tobit

    tobit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if I wanted to hatch out chicks in future, and if I wanted to sell a few as hatching eggs :)


    I realise this, but 3/4 of the hens actively avoid being mated - I have never seen him mate any of those 3!
     

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