Good Candidates for Hatching Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Takemine77, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. Takemine77

    Takemine77 Just Hatched

    Mar 19, 2016
    I was hoping someone could give me some clues to what makes an egg a good candidate for the incubator. My second batch for this spring hatched this weekend. I know which eggs come from which hens, and was disappointed to see that none of my Golden Sexlinks, Hamburg, or Wyandotte's hatched. When I candled them early in the incubation, I noticed that the Sexlinks eggs were very porous.

    There are 12 hens to 1 rooster, so shouldn't be any problems there. Most of the hens are 1 year old, with the exception of the Golden Sexlink, Hamburg, and Rhode Island Red(3-4 of the Rhode Island Red babies hatched!).

    Are there physical indicators of fertility that I can take note of before putting the eggs in the incubator? If they aren't fertile, I'd be happier eating them :)
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    The only way to tell if an egg is fertile is to crack a couple from the hen in question and look for the bullseye. (Then you can havebreakfast. [​IMG])
    Here's a pic to help if you aren't sure what you are looking for:
  3. JoshFig

    JoshFig Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2015
    I've found you can filter out a lot of bad eggs by candling them. I look for hairline cracks on the ends as well as porous - I find only half to 2/3rd of my eggs are good for hatching. Once I started filtering those out I had much higher hit rates on development. The other thing to pull out is eggs that are really large or funny shapes (bumps, etc...). I had one hen that laid giant eggs (white leghorn) - her eggs would develop to a week and a half and die - every time. I just stopped incubating her eggs. Some hens just don't lay good eggs for hatching.

    1 rooster to 12 hens should be fine. Just check your eggs when you eat them to see what % are fertile (per what AmyLynn2374 posted).
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2016

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