How to check and see if your Emu eggs are fertile. HINT.

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by texascowboy1979, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, I have not raise Raties in over 15 years, I was 13 when I started to raise Emus, Rheas, and Ostriches. We raised them for about 5 years. We came across a trick that we used and I want to see if anyone dose the same.

    We weighed the eggs before they were set in the incubator. Lets say the egg is 400g before it goes into the incubator. then a few weeks later, you weigh it again, and if it weight between 397 or 403g, its not fertile, the developing bones and meat in the egg will add weight to the egg so you should see a greater difference in weight. Now if you have an emu egg with a crack, that changes everything, it will ruin your egg.

    anyone else do this?>
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Hummm.... I'll have to weigh my other egg.
  3. foulman007

    foulman007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2010
    Columbia SC
    I was always understanding they loose weight by loss of water. they should looes 20% of their weight by hatchtime right?
  4. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    We float them in warm water to see if the chick moves the egg.

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