fertile eggs

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by lisa lees, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. lisa lees

    lisa lees Out Of The Brooder

    Just a quick question so I'm thinking about collecting my amaricana eggs and letting one of my broody road islands sit on them but I am baffled on how to tell if the eggs fertile how do I tell I could be collecting a bunch of unfertalized eggs and the hen would be just as happy to sit on them however if they hatch I will have first generation olive Eggers my rooster is a maran he is very active with lots of energy for his hens and he really likes my amaricana hen .... I was reading a thread that a lady had posted and she said that she cracked a egg open to see if it was fertilized and saw that it was and put it back together how do u do that and is that possible I have never heard of that
     
  2. Wyandottes7

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    You can tell if an egg is fertile after it has been incubated for about four days. You can also tell if an egg is fertile if you crack it open. A fertile egg will have a small white "bull's eye". It will be like a small ring with a dot in the center. An infertile egg will just have a white dot, with no ring, and it will often be less defined. Of course, once you crack an egg open, you can't incubate it. I recommend cracking open a couple eggs from your birds, and see if they are fertile. You can then be reasonaby sure that the eggs you set are fertile.
     
  3. lisa lees

    lisa lees Out Of The Brooder

    I know it sounds funny but I was baffled on how you would put a cracked egg back together again lol her thread sounded like that was what she did I was like how is that even possible . I dont have a incubator I was going to let my hen sit on them so would I still wait for 4 days
     
  4. Wyandottes7

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    Yes, let your hen sit on them for four days or so. Then, candle them. Take the eggs into a dark place, and shine a bright light (like a strong flashlight) into them. If they are fertile, you should be able to see some small veins and a dark spot. Even if they look clear, or you can't see much, don't throw them away. If the light source isn't strong enough, you won't be able to see the embryo. Candle again at seven days.
     
  5. lisa lees

    lisa lees Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you do much very informative
     

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