how do I know if a egg can be put in hatcher

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by peepers_keeper, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. peepers_keeper

    peepers_keeper Hatching

    Jul 7, 2010
    how do I know if a egg can be put in hatcher, are all eggs furtil if there is a rooster in the coop.

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    It depends on a few things. How many hens and roosters do you have? One rooster can normally keep at least 10 to 12 hens fertile, sometimes many more. It depends on his age, health, and vigor.

    You cannot tell if an egg is fertile without cracking it open, so you cannot hatch it. This link will tell you how to check to see if an egg is fertile. Sometimes you have to gently turn the cracked egg over to see the bull's eye. If one egg from a hen is fertile, odds are other eggs of hers are fertile.

    Fertile Egg Pictures

    I just check a few eggs when I eat them. If those are fertile, I assume all are and just grab a bunch to hatch. Hope this helps.
  3. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

    Apr 1, 2009
    I agree with Ridgerunner.

    You can also just put some in and candle them at 5-7 days. ...I prefer 10-12 days... and you can see which ones are developing.

    BTW - love your name !![​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2010

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