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if there is a air cell does that mean it is fertile

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by azzamc, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. azzamc

    azzamc In the Brooder

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    hi i have a few egg that i cant see though but i can see a air cell there been in the incubator 4 a week now and im just wondering if thay are fertile ?
     

  2. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Songster

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    4 weeks? As in 28 days?
     
  3. lclough1998

    lclough1998 Songster

    I'm thinking she means for a week.

    At a week you should see some veining on the eggs.
     
  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Crowing

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    The OP said they'd been in the incubator "for a week", translated from chatspeak.

    Air cell doesn't mean fertility. It just means there was moisture loss from the egg. This is a normal part of egg development, they need to lose a certain amount. What you are looking for is signs of development. Veins should be visible now, bright red veins. You can also see a little embryo too, but sometimes it isn't very visible. The veins encircle the inside shell of the egg, though, and can very easily be seen.
     
  5. heres a pic of an egg thats been in the bator for 7 days. u see veins and a small black dot that is the chick

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  6. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    If all you see is clear and an air cell...it's not fertile. Look for any veins or dark blobs...that means fertile.
     
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  7. FlomatonsFlocks

    FlomatonsFlocks Songster

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    I was wondering the same thing because I was given about 60 eggs and bought an incubator. Wishing I knew which ones to put in the Bator.
     

  8. FlomatonsFlocks

    FlomatonsFlocks Songster

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    I now agree with @suebee after learning more.
     

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