is this egg fertile? (pic)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Christie Rhae, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know what a not fertile egg looks like and thought when I saw a fertile one I would know it for sure. But this one looks different to me. I put a rooster with some hens a few days ago.

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  2. Squawkbox

    Squawkbox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks very weird.. doesn't look fertile to me [​IMG].
    I might add that I am extremely jealous that you live in Hawaii..so not fair [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. FarmingForFun

    FarmingForFun Out Of The Brooder

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    A fertile egg will have a small red dot in the egg white which is a cluster of blood vessels that the chick will develop from.
     
  4. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It appears to be fertile.
     
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  5. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. AllenWMiller

    AllenWMiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I see Christie, the egg in the picture is fertile as it looks like the ovum has fused with the sperm and the blastoderm appears well formed.

    A non fertilized egg blastodisc would appear flat, faint and undefined almost like a colorless small circle or dot.
     
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  7. Tracy the chick

    Tracy the chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks like a fertile egg to me. I get plenty of them!! Never heard of the blood spot fertile egg though.. Well done Mr Roo :)
     
  8. FarmingForFun

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    Q: What Causes Blood Spots?
    A: Small spots of blood (sometimes called "meat" spots) are occasionally found in an egg yolk. These do not indicate a fertile egg; they are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg. Most eggs with blood spots are removed during the grading process but a few may escape detection. As an egg ages, water moves from the albumen into the yolk, diluting the blood spot. Thus, a visible blood spot actually indicates a fresh egg. Such eggs are suitable for consumption. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish.
    Alright, I was wrong I'm glad you guys pointed that out or I would have thought a blood spot meant a fertile egg for the rest of my life haha. Anyways, now I know. Next time I crack an egg from my RIR i guess I will actually know if its fertile before incubating.
     
  9. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. matlock585

    matlock585 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm on day 16 now with a setting, I bought some eggs but I collected a dozen from some of my own young hens while I waited. These girls were just hatched in june so I wasn't sure about fertility. Also, they are free to roam as they like and I only close the coop at night.
    I cracked open one egg just to see and it looked identical to your picture, and the other 11 are due for lockdown superbowl sunday.
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