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How to choose eggs for incubating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickyTown, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. ChickyTown

    ChickyTown Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sure this is on here but I am not using the correct search words to find it soooooo...is there a method used to select fertile vs infertile eggs? I know some of the hens are not being bred but don't know who's eggs are who's soooo is it just a crapshoot and I have to waste edible Infertile eggs in bator to find out?
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Unfortunately you can't tell whether an egg is fertile or not unless you crack it and look for the bulls-eye or put it in the incubator to see what happens :(
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    How long have your birds been laying? If they've just started, which I'm guessing, you may want to wait until they are a bit bigger. Give them about a month to get some size on them before trying to hatch. Are you checking for fertility when you crack them into your frying pan?
     
  4. daxigait

    daxigait Overrun With Chickens

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    How can you tell? Bulls-eye?
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2015
  5. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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  6. Amiti

    Amiti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is fertile egg.
     

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