How do you tell if an egg is fertile?

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

  1. 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 Bird is the Word

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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 Crowing

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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. 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 Bird is the Word

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

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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

    arkansas55 Chirping

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

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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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 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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