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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by colby bush, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. colby bush

    colby bush Out Of The Brooder

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    I know when it comes to hatching eggs it's a guessing game. But is there a way you can tell or know if the rooster is fertilizing the eggs on the behavior of him around then hens or anything? I have a blue cooper Maran rooster (6months old) with 9 RIR hens same age.
     
  2. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    You should see him doing a dance with a wing down and then mounting them. You have to be quick because mating lasts about 10 seconds.

    You can also open the eggs and look for the blastoderm as opposed to a blastodisc.
    http://www.edencsd.org/Page/1496
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    If most of the eggs that you use for eating have a white bullseye on the yolk, then it's likely most of the eggs are fertile. The only way to tell for sure is cracking a few open and checking.
    This is a good example of what you are looking for.
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  5. colby bush

    colby bush Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay. Thank you. I'm hoping that they are!!
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

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    When days are getting shorter, roosters need photo stimulus to be fertile just like hens need it to lay eggs.
     
  7. colby bush

    colby bush Out Of The Brooder

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    And How do they get that?
     
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