Is this egg fertile?

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  1. phoenixxflame

    phoenixxflame Out Of The Brooder

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    I know there is a way to tell, but I don't know how.
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  2. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    Nope, not fertile!
    Did you cut the yolk to see?
     
  3. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You can tell if an egg is fertile because there will be a bulls eye in the middle.
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  4. Dawnclucks22

    Dawnclucks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Next time, check BEFORE you crack it. Go somewhere dark and shine a bright flashlight through it to see if there's an embryo. :) Doesn't look fertile to me though.
     
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  5. phoenixxflame

    phoenixxflame Out Of The Brooder

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    When I cut the yolk, what will it look like when it is fertile and when it is not.
     
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  6. phoenixxflame

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    The egg was laid about an hour before I cracked it, so an embryo in it isn't possible. Lol
     
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  7. Leave a LightOn

    Leave a LightOn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, could not resist.
    :thumbsup I think you did great with the picture you posted.
     
  8. The Angry Hen

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    Well, I assume you'll see an embryo!
     
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    Leave a LightOn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a very good description of embryonic development. The life cycle of an embryo | BackYard Chickens

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    For lack of a better term (my ignorance), the yolk is similar to a placenta. It feeds the embryo while in the egg and for up to 3 days after hatch. The embryo is not inside the yolk. They are attached to one another. If you cut the yolk of a newly laid egg it will look like this:
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    p.s. I believe most of this information is interchangeable for ducks and chickens besides the length of incubation and other things I am ignorant of.
     
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