Fertile??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Quailer21, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Quailer21

    Quailer21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How will i know if my eggs are fertile? This is her first year of laying and i have 2 ringneck pheasants, 1 hen and 1 rooster. This egg is a few days old. It doesn't look fertile.






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  2. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if you have quite a few eggs then crack a few open and see if they are fertile or not. It is hard to tell with the shell still on, unless you wait a week or so in the incubator...
    I know my eggs I gather are fertile, because the ones I eat are fertilized...that is the best way to check as far as I know. You can look up on here how to tell whether an egg is fertilized or not once it is cracked open, or just google it. It's easy to tell once you know what you are looking for. Have you seen them mate?
     
  3. Quailer21

    Quailer21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is only 3 eggs
     
  4. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well you could check those and then you will have an idea of whether the next eggs will be fertile or not. I know that males are usually more fertile when middle aged, more so when they are younger or older...so perhaps he is not old enough to be fertile?
     
  5. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    a few days old IN THE INCUBATOR?? I will paste below IF NOT in the bator yet! If they are in the bator you will see veining by day 7... see candling pics and more info in article

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    Is it Fertile or Infertile?


    To check the fertility, simply break an egg in a bowl. Find the white spot on the yolk. If you do not, use a spoon to gently flip the yolk over until you find it.
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    If the egg is fertile, the white mark will be nearly perfectly round and in the center it will be yellow;
    it will resemble a donut. If it is infertile, the white mark will not be very round, and in most cases, smaller than that of the fertile mark. If the egg is not fertile, the 'white mark' is called a "blastodisc". If the egg is fertile, the 'white mark' it is called a "blastoderm", and this means that cell division, because of fertilization, occurred.
    A link with more pics of fertile vs Non Eggs! https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures
     
  6. Quailer21

    Quailer21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no, outside of the bator. I just built a coolerbator last night so i should be able to put them in tomorrow or later today.
     
  7. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You won't be able to tell by candling if it hasn't been in the incubator. The only way to find out (as far as I've ever heard) is to either crack one open or stick them in the bator for a week or so (experienced candlers can tell before then, but if it's your first time, it's best to give them a week). Good luck!
     
  8. Quailer21

    Quailer21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look fertile???
     
  9. bellah1

    bellah1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wondering the same thing! I woke up and looked outside & saw something in the middle of my yard that looked like a weird egg, it was a shell less egg. We found 2! My runner hadn't laid before so I was wondering when she would start but I have been noticing her disappearing sometimes so my daughter looked & found her nest with 14 shelled eggs! I cut open the 2 unshelled ones and 1 was fertile with a blood dot so I cracked open 1 shelled one & it looks more like the pics on the Internet of a fertile one. I will try to post a pic. But yours looks definitely fertile! [​IMG]
     
  10. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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