How to know if an egg has been fertilized?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by firsthouse_mp, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. firsthouse_mp

    firsthouse_mp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We can't have roosters in our city and so I don't have any roos (or fears that my hens have laid fertilized eggs) but.....IF I wanted to incubate some eggs, can I just go to my friend's flock in a neighboring city that has a rooster and grab a few of her eggs to incubate? So, all her eggs should be fertilized, right?
     
  2. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    They should be. Incubate them for a week then candle them. If you see spider veins then it's fertilized. A non fertilized egg will be clear.
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Yes, however, you have to know there is no guarantee you will hatch out only pullets. In fact, it IS guaranteed you will get at least one rooster, so plan on a re-home ahead of time.
     
  4. firsthouse_mp

    firsthouse_mp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good point about the re-homing! I purchased straight run chicks and out of 6 chicks, have yet to get a roo....good reminder! Thank you! And thanks also for the fact about the spider veins. Will have to think about this a bit more before I jump in.
     

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