Fertilized Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lavacaw, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three Jersey Giant hens who have been laying for a couple of months now. I am not seeing any sign that eggs are fertile. I removed one of my two roosters to see if switching them out would help. The one currently in there seems a bit clueless as to what his job is other than to watch them when they free range. I am going to swap roosters tomorrow to see if I see more roosterly behavior from the other one. Should I put some eggs in the incubator for a few days and see if maybe they really are fertile? I truly want some fuzz butts from these guys.
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Have you actually tried incubating any yet? You sure they aren't fertile? If your roo isn't actually doing his job, the best thing to do in my opinion is isolate him from being with (but he can see) the girls for a while. It will make them feel quite desperate. After a week or so, let him out and he should get right on it.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Do you eat any of the eggs? Check for the fertilized "bulls-eye" on the yolk when you crack 'em open.

    Instead of a little white spot on the yolk, it's a hollow circle of white.

    But I understand you wanting to incubate, candle and if they're showing development, continue to incubate. Just thought I'd mention another method of checking for fertility - if you're eating the eggs.
     
  4. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, I been eating the eggs. I have let them sit on the table for several days before using just hoping to see a bulls eye. So far I am not seeing fertilized eggs. Will try separating them from both roos if #2 doesn't take care of the job. Keep those ideas coming. I reaaaaalllly want some babies.
     

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