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

    Jan 26, 2007
    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

    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

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

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