Need Help Identifying Fertile Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by OneCrazyCowgirl, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. OneCrazyCowgirl

    OneCrazyCowgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have 1 roo and about 14 hens. The roo was by accident but we kept him anyways. We eat the eggs even if he is there but I was thinking about hatching some of the eggs. I have seen diagrams of fertile eggs over time but I want to know if you can tell the difference between and fertile and nonfertile egg the day you take them out of the coop. Anyone help? Thanks!
  2. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2010
    SW WA
    Not without cracking them open. When you crack them open you'll see a white bullseye shape about O <--that big sitting on the yolk. Infertile eggs will have a white dot on the yolk instead
  3. Dasp

    Dasp Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2012
    Simi valley
    Yup only method is opening the egg, Unless you have an amazing candler bright enough to see the yolk with the white dot.

    Best of luck
  4. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    You can always incubate them. After 7-10 days it is obvious who was fertile and who wasn't. Those with veins and an air sac were fertile those without either weren't.

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