How do you tell if an egg is fertile?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenlover235, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. chickenlover235

    chickenlover235 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My and my partner Blu (the silkie)[​IMG] are wondering if this candled silkie egg is fertile![​IMG]
    So just tell me how you can tell a candled egg is fertile or not! Thx
    Chickenlover235, and all my chickens
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You can't tell an egg is fertile by candling it. Only after some development does candling work. You can tell by cracking it open and looking for that bull's eye.

    Good luck with your birds and welcome to our flock!
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Has the egg been incubated at all, or is it fresh?

    There is no really reliable way to tell if an egg is fertile unless you incubate it. An incubated fertile egg will develop blood vessels, and eventually, a chick. The egg in your photo doesn't appear fertile, though it can be hard to tell fertility from a photo--the camera changes the lighting, etc.
     
  4. chickenlover235

    chickenlover235 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't have an incubator.... And I feel like if I crack open the egg and it's fertile then how am I going to hatch it?? And I sell eggs for money
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    If you have a rooster and he has been mating the hens for at least 2 weeks, then you can assume most of your eggs are fertile. Set a few more than you need in case some don't hatch or you run into other issues.
     
  6. chickenlover235

    chickenlover235 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ah! Cracke the egg and it was fertile!!! :( the only naturally incubators I have are my silkies! :):
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
     
  8. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    welcome,sorry about you egg[​IMG]
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry you had to waste the egg. But at least you know they are fertile!
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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