How do you know when eggs are fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by muddipuppy, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. muddipuppy

    muddipuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of you who sell eggs, can you tell me how you know when the eggs are fertile? Is it possible to tell without candling by the behavior of the hen or something like that?
     
  2. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unfortunately, the only way to tell is to break open the eggs and look at the yolk. Let me try to find the thread that explains it perfectly, it has to do with a white dot in the yolk.
     
  3. muddipuppy

    muddipuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There must be a way otherwise, when you send out a batch of eggs they could all be infertile? Is it just a guessing game?
     
  4. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

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    From what I've read they take a bunch and crack open a few and if those are fertile they assume the rest are as well. [​IMG]
     
  5. They Call Me Pete

    They Call Me Pete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Put a rooster with no more than 10 hens and they'll be fertile for sure. Less hens it increases
     
  6. muddipuppy

    muddipuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My friend has one hen and one rooster. all fertile, ya think?
     
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Only two ways to tell fertile eggs. Crack a few in a dish and look for the fertile bullseye or set a few in an incubator and check for growth at day 5 or 7 if you good at candling eggs.
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Maybe-hens and roos do not automatically breed! I have a RIR who lost her main roo a couple years ago- she now refuses all new roos.

    ETA, that's a really bad balance, if the roo is breeding her- the recommended minimum is 10 hens to 1 roo.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2010
  10. Slywoody

    Slywoody Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] As long as i've been on this site, i wonder how many peeps actually figure that out. [​IMG]
     

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