How to Tell a Fertile vs INfertile Egg (Pictures)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by speckledhen, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. Triggerjay

    Triggerjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2009
    Great thread. I'm a newbie to chickens, but I think I am seeing what I see here for fertile eggs in my own eggs. Heres what I saw tonight:
    Egg one - right about the center of the yolk. Above the blood spot:

    Egg two:

    we cracked them open making bannana nut muffins! YUM!

    Seriously though, if they are fertile, I may try to raise a clutch.

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2009
  2. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    Quote:Do it!! They are fertile...congrats!
  3. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Quote:"Stickies" in forum-speak, are not sticky notes, they're threads at the top of a section labeled "sticky". It just means that the thread was found to be helpful and interesting enough that it was made permanent at the top of the list of threads.

    The rest of your post would be better off posted as a new topic on it's own. You'll get more responses.
  4. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    I've had so much fun knowing this and looking at my store bought eggs thought I'd give it a bump!!!

    Thanks Cyn!!!!
  5. ClairedeLune

    ClairedeLune Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Denver, Colorado
    Wow... this is a great thread!
  6. missychicks

    missychicks New Egg

    Apr 28, 2009
    Thanks for all the great info. Just to recap all that I have read.
    Eating fertile eggs is ok. As soon as they are put in the fridge, all growth stops. Blood spots are just, blood spots. And you can not put an egg back in the shell, lol.
    Just checked ours, and yes they are fertile.
    A lot of misinformation about eggs that I have been told. Thanks for setting it straight.
    Great site!
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    LOL, you got it right, missy! [​IMG]
  8. Bigalsr

    Bigalsr New Egg

    Jul 13, 2009
    If you have fertile eggs but want to save them for later. How long can you keep them and how do you keep them? I have 4 fertile eggs that have been layed over 4 days but she layed them in the box I had for the other hen with her peeps. I was thinking of getting and incubator for the fertile eggs or just sell them. Any advice will help. Oh I'm also new to this I've only had my 4 hens and 1 roster for 3 months and have 5 little ones already. Well when I got the hens and roo they were about 26 weeks old.
    Big Al
  9. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    I read last night in a book called: country living...real thick book I got at the library...says you can keep eggs in a "bucket" at temps of 35-40...just cool and hatch later...that when you put them in an egg carton, this keeps them warmer...didnt finish all the article yet...

    I found this site on candling...hope it helps newbies like me:
    has pictures
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Proper storage for hatching eggs is from 50-65 degrees (not over 70) with humidity that is about 70-80%. You can store them for optimal hatchability about a week, but I have successfully hatched some stored about two weeks, though generally, hatchability declines rapidly after a week and plummets after two. I usually keep mine in the bsmt, where it's more humid and cooler.

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