Is this a bullseye in a fertilized egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sma200, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. sma200

    sma200 Out Of The Brooder

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    I did not think I had any roosters old enough to mate yet. All of my boys were hatched in 10/21. This egg sure looks fertilized to me, but I'm not quite sure.


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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Hmm, kinda 50/50. What breeds are the cockerels? Some mate younger than others. The one on the right doesn't really look fertile but the one on the left does seem to have a bullseye...
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Hard to tell with the glare on the yolk. It looks like it may be fertile.
     
  4. sma200

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    Black copper maran
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    Speckled Sussex
     
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    Hmm... those are not quick growing breeds so I'd be doubtful and guess it's just a weirdly shaped non-bullseye. But if it is really fertile you've got a virile little fella on your hands... sounds like a darn good breeder if he can mount, hit the mark, and actually be biologically capable at this age.
     
  6. sma200

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    I have had one of the black copper marans chasing the girls around, and jumping on the backs of the pullets (that just layed their first egg 2 days ago), but I reallllllly did not think he was old enough to fertilize anything yet - ha ha. The egg that was fertilized came from a small bantam. The other egg in the picture was from a larger Easter Egger and it didnt have the bullseye. So IF one of my guys has figured things out, then maybe he is getting to the smaller hens.

    I have been wanting to cook a recipe of some kind that has ALOT of eggs in it all day so that I can crack open a few more.
     
  7. sma200

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    I was quite eager to cook breakfast this morning to see if I found any other fertilized eggs, and I did. Most of the eggs cooked were not fertile, but the last egg I cracked open has the bullseye. I grabbed my camera and snapped a quick pic of a non-fertilzed egg, as well as a fertlized egg. I loaded the pics in photoshop and reversed the color so it would look similar to an x-ray. Here is the result. I find it very cool and facinating :)

    a few scenerios for having fertilized eggs (all not very likely)
    1. One of my cockerels from 10/21 hatched matured very fast
    2. One of my two guineas is a roo and trying to make guin / guin-hen
    3. Hen has stored sperm from the previous home it was at over 4 months ago

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