I saw above a very interesting remark about fertile eggs vs. unfertile

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 007Dawn, May 1, 2009.

  1. 007Dawn

    007Dawn Out Of Coop

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    Is there a way to tell if they are fertile or unfertile BEFORE you crack them open?

    Very cool posting from about the fertile eggs though!

    Thank you!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No. You have to open them or incubate a few days to know.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    This thread tells you how to tell a fertile egg:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008

    There is no way that I know of to tell before you crack them open. If you have a roo and not an extraordinary number of hens to that one roo, you can assume they are fertile. I have 14 hens and only two that never lay fertile eggs. Those two hens also never show any damage on their backs from a the roo's mating. I just assume they are very dominant and don't allow the roo to mate them.
     

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