how do I know my eggs are fertile and what do I do about it?!?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ACraZyLittLeChiCkenGirl, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. ACraZyLittLeChiCkenGirl

    ACraZyLittLeChiCkenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    Pinnacle, NC
    should I jus try to hatch a bunch or just a few!
  2. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    when you crack open a fertile egg you will see a small bullseye. do a bulls eye search on here and there is a picture
  3. denim deb

    denim deb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2010
    Only problem w/that is it's kind of hard to hatch them out after you've cracked the shell. [​IMG]
  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Quote:[​IMG] Eggzactly what I was thinking!

    Try searching for threads about candling.
  5. fanov8

    fanov8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2010
    East TN
    What Muddyhorse is implying is that you should check some of your eggs to see if they are even fertile before you set them. After you have cracked a few and know that you have the bullseye showing you that they are fertile then you can set some of your eggs. I don't think that candling will give you any inclination as to the egg being fertile or not. The only thing you will see when candling the egg is the yolk and air sac. That is until you have set the eggs and wait a few days and then candle. But even at that you could be wasting your time/broody hen on infertile eggs. Does that make any sense? [​IMG]

    ETA: Some one please correct me if I am wrong. I have been known to be from time to time [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2010
  6. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    Gray Court, SC
    one way to know for sure is to make sure you have a rooster,,lol.
  7. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Quote:You are absolutely correct!
  8. featherbaby

    featherbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    Quote:AND make sure he's making contact with the hen. My silkie hens have such a thick cushion and my roo is so fluffy they are too far apart for fertilization to be successful. I think the serious breeders may trim some of the feathers away from the hen's vent to make contact more likely.
  9. Doug the Chicken Man

    Doug the Chicken Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2009
    Near Ottawa, Ontario

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