Is this egg fertilized???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Messica, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Messica

    Messica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have five hens. No one looks or acts like a rooster, no one crows, I've never seen anyone attempting to mate and everyone lays or so I thought. I've had eggs look like this before but never thought much about it. Googled just now though out of curiosity and what I'm seeing has me wondering. Bullseye means fertilized?? And what about the blood specks. Help!!!

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  2. Messica

    Messica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To clarify, the second one has a bright white bullseye looking mark on the top but that's just the pendant light above my griddle.
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    That doesn't appear to be the bullseye of a fertile egg to me.

    It looks just like a normal variation, and don't worry about occasional blood specks. The age of an egg can affect its appearance greatly too. Older eggs get blotchier and eggs that have gotten too cold in the fridge can appear streaked or mottled.

    A fertile egg's bullseye is a small disc inside a larger white ring, at least mine look like that, and my roo is covering my girls pretty good (hatch rates have been 80% or better).

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  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Here's a photo I snagged off the internet from Such and Such Farm which shows the inner white disc inside a larger white ring for the bullseye.

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