Question about eggs and being fertile

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by juliaaa, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. juliaaa

    juliaaa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I have a white silkie who has JUST started laying (omg are they tiny eggs) :) My question is how long till they eggs would be fertile? I'm new to this as our other flock has no rooster. I've gotten my first 6 eggs from her and wanted to hatch some but I'm unsure on how to tell if they're good. Or if she would need some time to get her lay on before they'd be fertile. She has been raised with roos around.

    Thanks,
    Julia
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

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    Crack one open and see if you can find the bullseye. If it's there, it is fertile. If it is just a white dot, it is not fertile either.

    I would give her a little while before hatching, as the eggs are still too small to support a growing chick :) Maybe 2 - 3 weeks if you can. Some may say longer.
     
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    By the way, I had a silkie who started to lay mid January, and she stopped after only laying for a week :/ The eggs are so freaking cute! [​IMG]
     
  4. juliaaa

    juliaaa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply. I'll go crack one open and find out. I can't wait to hatch them!!!!!!
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I know how you feel :D My silkie didn't even look like she stopped and nested before laying. She was just walking around and than all of a sudden EGG. I was right there when it happened. She laid for 5 days straight, skipped a day and laid twice more before quitting cold turkey. No broodiness or anything. Very strange :/ [​IMG] This is my girl :)
     

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