How to tell if an egg is fertile for incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MilleFleurs, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. MilleFleurs

    MilleFleurs Chirping

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    Is there a way to tell if my eggs that I bring in from my coop are fertile? I plan to order some eggs in the next week or so, but I'd like to throw in some eggs from my own coop so I can see what kind of cross I get. Is there anyway to distinguish fertility before putting the eggs in the incubator and waiting?
     
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

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    The only way to tell is by cracking open a sample of eggs to judge how many are fertile. They will show a 'bullseye' on the yolk around the blastoderm if fertile, and just a little white spot if not.

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  3. MilleFleurs

    MilleFleurs Chirping

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    Thank you, this was quite helpful!
     
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    sumi Égalité

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    If most or all of the eggs you check are fertile, chances are you'll have good fertility in the eggs you incubate as well. You can candle the developing eggs and check around day 7 for signs of development and discard any undeveloped ones by day 10.
     
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