Good eggs Bad eggs and Fertile eggs.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 97cv, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. 97cv

    97cv Out Of The Brooder

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    When my hen starts to lay eggs, Am I free to eat them all ?

    If I get a pullet that has been reported to be "Virgin", Should I crack the first egg and look for the bulls eye ?

    Are there Do's and Dont's for egg consumption ?

    I have read about NOT washing them and storing them at room temp.

    What about fertilization...I do not want chicks til next year...I wanna cruise on 4 hens first then move forward.
     
  2. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yes, unless your family wants some, too. then there might be fights. [​IMG]

    If I get a pullet that has been reported to be "Virgin", Should I crack the first egg and look for the bulls eye ?

    umm... you mean, look for fertility? do you need to know that much about your hen's personal life? you can eat the egg regardless. any other information would be FYI, i guess. LOL!

    Are there Do's and Dont's for egg consumption ?

    there are definitely dos and don'ts for handling and preparation. you can find them listed on the USDA website. they're mostly common sense (wash your hands, cook eggs thoroughly, etc.)

    I have read about NOT washing them and storing them at room temp.

    best practice seems to be not washing them and storing them in the fridge if you've got the space. room temp would be next best thing.

    What about fertilization...I do not want chicks til next year...I wanna cruise on 4 hens first then move forward.

    well, you don't have to have chicks 'til you want chicks. without a rooster, your eggs won't be fertile. with a rooster, the eggs may be fertile, but won't hatch unless you either leave them with the hen (assuming she's broody) or incubate them yourself.​
     
  3. 97cv

    97cv Out Of The Brooder

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    I really appreciate your reply.
     

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