How do you tell if an egg is fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by missychicky, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am just wondering, how do you tell if an egg is fertile by breaking it? How about without breaking it?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Unless you break it, you cannot tell without starting the incubation process and candling the egg. if you break it, there will be a white spot on the yolk that looks like a bullseye...that means fertile.

    Here are some great pics that speckledhen took to show the differences...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008
     

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