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Is ther a way to know if I have fertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by coolchange, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. coolchange

    coolchange In the Brooder

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    I have 4 pullets and just got 2 hens last Saturday. The 2 hens were kept with roosters. I am wondering if there is an easy way to tell if the eggs I am getting from the hens are fertile. The eggs that the hens are laying have a few spots on the outside that almost looks like a little bit of blood. Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions, I really appreciate it.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Those spots have nothing to do with fertility. The way you tell is when you crack an egg into a plate, look at the white spot, called a blastodisc if it isnt fertile or blastoderm if it is. Sometimes you have to gently turn the yolk over with a spoon to see it. If it looks like a white speck, it's infertile, but if it has a ring around it like a bullseye, it is fertilized.
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2007
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing Premium Member

    Thanks, Speckled! I was wondering the same thing myself. [​IMG]
     

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