Is this egg fertile???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicken101Elena, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Chicken101Elena

    Chicken101Elena In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2017
    I have a 4 month old rooster he doesn’t crow yet or have spurs yet and he is with one hen. I decided to crack an egg open and see what’s inside and I’m just wondering if it’s fertile or not

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  2. Chef JimmyJ

    Chef JimmyJ Songster

    To my Old Eyes, it looks like a Faint Ring around the Dot. I'd say Maybe. But I would let younger eyes confirm...JJ
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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Not fertile. And I wouldn't incubate any eggs from a rooster until at least 6 months of age. 1 year is better.
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I have old eyes too and even have trouble determining fertility of my eggs with a magnifying glass. But I don't see a halo.
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  5. Chef JimmyJ

    Chef JimmyJ Songster

    So there you go. Thanks for the confirmation...JJ
  6. Fur-N-Fowl

    Fur-N-Fowl Songster

    May 25, 2019
    To me I can see a faint ring around it, I cracked some from my Bantams eggs that didn't have a very visible ring and put some in the incubator. They hatched regardless of that so were definitely fertile.

    If you are wanting to hatch some I wouldn't say there is any reason why you couldn't give these eggs a go. Then you'll find your answer as to if they definitely are fertile or not if some development starts.

    If no development starts then there's a high chance they were never fertile and you know to wait till your Cockerel matures.

    I do usually wait till my boys are matured/fully grown before I start hatching eggs from them but even then, sometimes you can end up with infertile eggs.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2019
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