fertilized eggs

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  1. Madjohn85

    Madjohn85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Excuse my ignorance, and though when we first started with our chicks, both before they came and a few months after they arrived, I have not been on here in a while.

    We are in suburbia. Pretty much ignorant in general. Yes, I have read books and sat in front of my computer as a gleamed your wisdom.

    But yesterday, my friend asked me if I was going to do my own brooding this year instead of buying chicks.

    Which got me thinking...WhAt??!!??

    I can't do that!

    Can I?

    I mean I know I can but do I have th ability to, being a suburban wife & mom. Is that too much to chew off never having a clue, but doing pretty ok for now?

    How does one know if an egg is fertilized? And if it is, what next?? We do have a gorgeous rooster. and 12 girls.

    I am thinking, maybe TSC is just easier. But one day...One day!!!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Fertile Egg Photos
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008&p=6

    How do you know they are fertilized? Crack a few and look for the bull’s eye. If the ones you crack are fertile, most if the ones you don’t crack are fertile.

    Can you brood chicks in suburbia? Lots of people do. We all have our own unique circumstances and conditions so exactly what and how we do things can vary, but a whole lot of it is just wanting to bad enough.
     
  3. Sally Sunshine

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

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    Sounds like a wonderful plan!








    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
     
  4. Madjohn85

    Madjohn85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Wait...I think my communications skills are not doing their thing. lol. I kind of meant when do you know of they are fertilized or not in order to hatch them. Once you crack them and check the 'dot', the purpose is kind of defeated.

    And speaking of, they are still quite edible even if fertilized, right??!!?
     
  5. Thespoiledchicken

    Thespoiledchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a rooster with your girls chances are VERY good that your eggs are fertile.

    Crack only 1 egg open- if it is fertile (like the pics above) then you can be sure that most of the others are. The rest of the uncracked eggs can then either go in your incubator or under a broody hen.

    Good luck and be careful- hatching eggs is ADDICTING!


    Trish [​IMG]
     
  6. Thespoiledchicken

    Thespoiledchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And yes, fertile eggs are still edible...yum
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm pretty sure all your eggs are fertile.

    Now, you need a hen to go broody. That's the tricky part! Lots of hatchery birds won't go broody. You can also buy an incubator and hatch your own eggs that way.

    I don't check my eggs so can't help you but look on the incubating and hatching eggs section, there should be lots of threads about candling eggs, and pics. Any of your eggs should be good to incubate, as they're probably all fertile. The embryo doesn't start to develop until the egg has been incubated for several days. There are specific days you can candle (shine a bright light through the egg in a dark place to check for development) the eggs to be able to discard any non-developing eggs.

    Hatching out your own eggs is cool, but it can be stressful, and heartbreaking if kids are involved. Not all eggs hatch or some chicks hatch wrong and don't survive. Just something to keep in mind to prepare your kids for.

    Another thing to keep in mind is the fact you'll have on average 50% roosters. Folks usually can't keep that many roos, would you have a plan for managing them?
     
  8. moni123

    moni123 New Egg

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    i want my hen's eggs to be incubate in machine
    so i followed ur rule dude!! b-)!!

    ur coooooooooooool!! b-)
    so i did it :)!

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    AFTER. breakinggggggg eaggggggs into two pieces :eek:!!!
    the thing came in my mind was...................

    :eek: !!!!!!!!!!!!! OHHHHHH NOW HOW CAN I INCUBATE THEM :O???
     
  9. moni123

    moni123 New Egg

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    lol!! all eggs were fertile!! :))
     
  10. Sally Sunshine

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

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    When are you setting??? [​IMG]
     

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