If large end has to up during incubation, what about an oval egg?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Smokin Silkies, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    I had a shipment of eggs delivered to me Sat. I noticed that one of the eggs is completely oval shaped. I examined it and couldn't notice a difference in what end was larger, so I just put it in the incubator. After reading, I have seen that those ones should be thrown away, then I saw that an oval egg meant it was a male? also that they were infertile? I am new to this, my first hatch so Im confused once again. It seems like I am always searching for answers that never end...[​IMG] I don't want it to blow up like people said either. If I wait 7 days, I should be able to tell if there is something in there right? I am hatching silkie eggs, so they are not really dark in color. Thanks!!!
  2. chickens4me

    chickens4me Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    OK, a breeder just showed me this. He took one of those oval e g g s and held up a flashlight to it to see where the air sac was, marked it lightly with a pencil and said to incubate with that side up.

    Also, I have heard the opposite of you. I believed the the oval e g g s were supposed to be girls? and the pointier ones, boys. I've never done an experiment though!

    I wouldn't throw that e g g out though....just in case it's a girl! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2009
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Shape has no bearing on the sex of the c h i c k. The rooster's sperm determines the sex. If the e g g is fertilized with a sperm that has a "X" chromosome, the it will be a hen. If it is fertilized with a sperm win a "Y" chromosome, then it is a roo.

    I would candle them and mark when end shows the air cell and incubate them as usual.
  4. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    Im sorry I should have been more precise on my description.... [​IMG]
    The egg is pointy at both ends not really rounded like the big end of an egg. I thought this would be 'oval'? Its already been in the incubator since Saturday night. So should I check now for air sac, or just let it go in the position its in now? I have an LG, still air, with automatic egg turner. thanks:D
  5. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    Hmmmm, when I wrote my last comment I used the word e gg and it automatically changed that word into rooster? An e gg is called a rooster?
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    The BYC gods are having a bit of a fooly on us. So e gg is rooster today.

    I have an oval double yolker. So it's on it's side.

    I think flashlighting it if you're unsure and marking it makes the most sense.

    If you could sex chicks by e gg shape the industry would long ago have figured that out, ain't true.

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