how do you know a egg is not fertile?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenrookie16, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. chickenrookie16

    chickenrookie16 Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen has been sitting on her eggs for 27 days know and no chicks???
    and my friend there hen layed eggs after mine and theirs already hatched...
    is there something wrong?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Nothing is going to hatch after 27 days. Open them and see what's inside. Either there's a half formed chick or it's just an egg and was not fertile.

    The only way to tell if an egg is fertile is to break it open and check the spot on the yolk; there are some excellent pics on here of the difference between the two kinds of spots. If you have an active and healthy roo, though, most of the eggs will be fertile.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Incubation period for chickens is 21 days. You do have a rooster, right?
     
  4. chickenrookie16

    chickenrookie16 Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah i got a rooster.
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    You can also candle them to see if/how they are developing, during the brooding process. I think there's a sticky and links in the incubation and hatching section of the forum. With pictures! [​IMG]
     

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