Question about fertilized eggs.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by caseyleah, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. caseyleah

    caseyleah Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so I'm new to all of this and I might end up with 3 roos out of my 6 chicks and I was wondering if its safe to eat fertilized eggs? I was suppose to be getting all pullets so I could just have fresh eggs. Do I just put them in the fridge to keep the embryo from growing or what? Sorry if this sounds like a completely stupid question. I have already become attached to all my chicks and would rather not get rid of or eat any of my roos [​IMG]
     
  2. prancie

    prancie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fertilized eggs are safe to eat and taste just like unfertlized eggs. All the eggs we eat are fertilized. All you have to do to keep them from developing is keep them out from under a broody hen and out of an incubator! Eggs have to reach a temperature of around 100 degrees and stay there to start developing.

    As for what to do if you have 3 roos...you may change your mind about not wanting to eat them when they crow at 2AM and/or cause havoc in the flock because they are constantly trying to get some from the hens and/or duking it out for dominance. You don't have to eat them though, often you can re-home them. Our extra roos were quite tasty.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    There is NO difference in taste between fertilized and unfertilized eggs. You are not gonna crack open an egg and find a partially grown chick - unless you left an egg under a brooding hen for about a week - or more.

    Eggs need constant heat at a particular level to incubate, either under a hen or in an incubator. Eggs left on the kitchen counter for a month will not grow chicks, but will STILL be good to eat (unless you keep your kitchen at 99.5 around the clock). Honest.

    Gather the eggs daily, put 'em in the fridge (or not) and enjoy them any way you like them cooked. [​IMG]
     
  4. caseyleah

    caseyleah Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys!!! Like I said, I'm new to this and I know my daughter would be devastated if I cracked open an egg for her breakfast and out popped a half grown chick, thank you for setting me straight!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    If you have 3 hens and 3 roosters, you will have problems but not from the eggs. Fertilized eggs aren't an issue.

    See the roosters will tear the feathers off of your hens with their breeding and dominating ways....in my flock 2 roosters with 8 hens was still too much rooster!
     
  6. caseyleah

    caseyleah Out Of The Brooder

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    So I'd probably do well with just one rooster for my 3 hens?
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Yeah.

    One rooster can service 10-12 hens really (mine has 8), but trios are popular for breeding.
     

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