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possible fertilized egg but I don't have a rooster (or do I?)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OrganicVanek, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. OrganicVanek

    OrganicVanek Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls just started laying a week ago - they will be 20 weeks tomorrow. This morning I cracked one of the eggs open and I swear it looked fertilized. Little white dot at the top. Now, as far as I know I don't have any roosters. Surely I would know by now wouldn't I? So, is it possible for an egg to *look* fertilized when it in fact isn't? Which is more likely: that I have a rooster who doesn't look like a rooster at 20 weeks, or that I have an UNfertilized egg that looks like it has been fertilized?

    Just when I think I've got this chicken thing down they stump me again [​IMG]
     
  2. pysankigirl

    pysankigirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a bullseye means fertilized, a white dot is unfertilized. so you might be okay! have you heard any crowing?
     
  3. OrganicVanek

    OrganicVanek Out Of The Brooder

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    oh interesting! This was not a bullseye and I haven't heard any crowing. Thanks!
     
  4. OrganicVanek

    OrganicVanek Out Of The Brooder

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    ok wait - when you said "bullseye" I thought you meant smack dab in the middle of the egg. Now I realize you were talking about rings like a bullseye (is that correct?). Just cracked open two more and I believe they are definitely fertilized. So strange... who is my rooster that refuses to make himself known?
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Post pics of your flock.

    There are good pictures of fertile eggs somewhere on the incubating section, you could take a look and see I if that's what you're getting. Yep, bullseye can be any place on the yolk, but it's a center white spot with a ring of white around it. Very trick to see until you know what you're looking for.
     

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