Is this egg fertile?

phoenixxflame

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I know there is a way to tell, but I don't know how.
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Songster
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Where the West Begins
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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