how to tell if egg is fertile?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pekinduck<3er, May 14, 2011.

  1. pekinduck<3er

    pekinduck<3er Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi,

    I just got my female laying and how am i supposed to tell if the eggs are fertile all i know is there will be veins?
    But if i let her lay on them will the veins develop or when their lain they already have the veins? how to tell if they are fertile all to know! thnx
     
  2. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    you wont get veins untill at least 3 to 5 days of incubation. You could always crack 1 open and look to see if its fertile.
     
  3. Jen4

    Jen4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crack an egg open & see if theres a bullseye.
     
  4. MotorcycleChick

    MotorcycleChick Gone quackers

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    I am going blind looking for an answer to my question.
    I keep reading that you should crack the egg open. Then people keep saying there is a trick to getting the egg back in the shell. Doesn't candling work too? How do you get the shell closed back up?
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Um....you don't. Not sure where you read this. [​IMG]

    you have to crack the egg open to see if there is a bullseye to tell if it's fertile, or incubate it, and if it develops, of course you know then.
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    There's a pretty good chance that if mating is going on, if the hen is cooperating, if they are close enough in size, if there isn't an absolutely huge amount of butt feathers (as in certain Orps,) that the eggs are fertile, or at least most are. If you don't want to waste hatching eggs by cracking them, either only crack one, or just incubate and see what develops. There are other factors in getting a live chick besides the bullseye, so really, the best test is incubation.
     
  8. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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  9. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    once they have been incubated for 5-8 days, then veins should start to appear, if they are fertile. If not, the eggs should stay clear.
     
  10. Mays farm

    Mays farm New Egg

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    Will the eggs still be good after you incubate them for 5-8 days or do you have to get rid of them?
     

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