Help me determine fertility???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by dixiechick, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, I just got THE most wonderful pullets and one has laid 3 eggs. My question is: Can I determine if it is fertile by looking at the shell....or do I need to start incubation, then candle them?

    How many days can I safely gather eggs before incubation?

    Any info you can offer would greatly be appreciated!
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    You can crack one open to see if it's fertile. Otherwise you can incubate them and candle after 4-5 days. Most people say not to hold eggs for more than a week before putting them in the bator.
  3. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know to look for a germ spot....but what exactly does that look like?

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