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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

    Jan 30, 2012
    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

    Jun 30, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    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

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    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

  6. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    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

    Feb 23, 2015
    Southern Alabama
    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

    Feb 23, 2015
    Southern Alabama

    I now agree with @suebee after learning more.

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