How to know what eggs to let hatch

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HariSeldon, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. HariSeldon

    HariSeldon Just Hatched

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    So we're raising chickens for eggs but ended up with a rooster. I've read about deciphering between non and fertilized eggs.

    If I want some to hatch, how do I know which eggs to leave for them while consuming the others?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Other than breaking the eggs and looking for the 'bulls eye' there is no way of telling whether or not non incubated eggs are fertile. The general assumption is that if a rooster is mating the hens, the eggs are fertile.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^^


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    You can't just 'leave' the eggs for them to hatch...
    ....you need to have a confirmed broody hen or an incubator.
    Meanwhile, gather all eggs every day.
     

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