fertilization

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bobbyjoeokla, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. bobbyjoeokla

    bobbyjoeokla Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three hens and one rooster they are eight month old RIRs but ive noticed when I use my eggs only one third are fertile is this naturale? Will my rooster Larry ever get caught up? I appreciate any help,info and input.
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    He's still young. He probably has a favorite....
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Just to check, how are you determining fertility?
     
  4. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds pretty rare. Have you tried incubating them?
     
  5. bobbyjoeokla

    bobbyjoeokla Out Of The Brooder

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    i determine fertility by the blood like spot in the egg when I crack it
     
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    I havent incubated any eggs yet im hoping to get a small incubator and give it a try in the spring
     
  7. bobbyjoeokla

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    I determine fertility by the blood like spot in the egg when its cracked. Is this correct or did I make another mistake?
     
  8. donrae

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    Blood or meat spots aren't indicators of fertility. Check out this thread, she has some good pictures. It really takes a practiced eye to tell if an egg is fertile.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008


    With your roo to hen ratio, and the age of your birds, my thought is all your eggs are fertile.
     
  9. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would agree that you have fertile eggs. Build your own incubator and see. We will guide you through the process.
     
  10. bobbyjoeokla

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    thanks so much for the pics and info studying todays eggs i think all were fertile I actually took Larry a treat and told him to keep up the good work
     

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