fertile eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by missychicky, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does a fertile egg look like? I have never hatched eggs before so I don't know what to look for when I'm candling the eggs. The eggs in question are on day six and I have no idea how to tell fertile from infertile. Thanks.
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Day six is a little early, especially if you are a first-timer. I know, I know...so hard to wait.


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  3. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    By day 4 or 5 you should be able to see distinct veining and a little black shadow that is the developing embryo. Here are some pictures of my Blue Splash Marans eggs at Day 5 in the bator:
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    This is a photo at Day 4 in the bator of my Barred Rock/Easter Eggers:
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    This is the only other way to tell that they're fertile, but they don't hatch that well after this procedure for some reason. :eek:
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    These websites might help you too:
    http://shilala.homestead.com/candling.html
    http://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/Embryology/embryophotos.shtml
    http://chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/explore/embryology/
     
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