How to tell when eggs are fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by terrilhb, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    I have 3 roosters and 11 hens. I am getting eggs everyday. I see my rooster getting the hens, but how do I know if the eggs are fertile? I have looked with a flashlight but can not see anything. Not that I know what I am looking for LOL. We want to incubate some starting next week. Thanks for any help.
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
  3. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    I'm no expert by any means, but I think to check for fertility you have to take a sample egg and crack it open. Look for a small bullseye(ish) mark in the yoke. White I believe.
    I could be totally wrong, but I think that's what I read. Do a search. Someone posted pictures a while back... Once 'Rooed', a hen lays fertile eggs for about 3 weeks +/-.

    EDIT: Our posts crossed... That's the link I was referring to.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2010
  4. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    To be honest I am not sure of any way to tell if the eggs are fertile. Usually if you see the rooster mounting the hen then more than likely the egg should be fertilized. The thing is to get the eggs from the hens that you saw mating with the rooster and with 11 hens it may be tough to do.

    Maybe someone else has some input for you but Good Luck with hatching. I have never used an incubator before, I have had many broody hens to hatch my chicks for me and I can candle them or different days to see the development.
  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Theres a sticky at the top of this forum with a lot of links in it; I think theres one for determining fertility in eggs.

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