How do you tell?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by team_realtree, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. team_realtree

    team_realtree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock will have 1 rooster so how do I know whether the egg is fertile or not since I am trying to hatch them? Will you be able to candle them and tell right after day 1?

    Also if the hen is not broody and will let me get at the egg wouldn't it be dead because she has neglected to keep it warm?
     
  2. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

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    If you do a search, there are some great pictures that show fertilized eggs.
     
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    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. team_realtree

    team_realtree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also if the hen is not broody and will let me get at the egg wouldn't it be dead because she has neglected to keep it warm?
     
  5. slickchik

    slickchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The embryo won't begin developing until the egg is incubated. Fertile eggs can sit for 7-10 days before incubation. That is how a clutch of eggs will hatch all on the same day (roughly) because the hen won't sit on them until she is done laying. When she is done laying, she begins to sit on them and then the embryos begin to develop.
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:That's also how we can hatch eggs that have been in the mail for a few days [​IMG]
     
  7. team_realtree

    team_realtree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's also how we can hatch eggs that have been in the mail for a few days [​IMG]

    Thanks for the information I wondered how everyone was buying eggs online and still hatching....clears that up!
     

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