Rooster in the Hen House?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bemith, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. Bemith

    Bemith Hatching

    Feb 4, 2015
    Hi all
    So I am currently raising three hens born July 1 2014. I've been on this site for countless issues/ideas and it's been great. A couple of weeks ago one of the hens started laying. I was seeing a fair amount of blood in the eggs and started doing some research. I came across a post differentiating between the size of the white spot on the egg in fertilized and unfertilized eggs. In inspecting an egg I think the spot was kind of large. Is it possible one of my hens is a rooster? I am attaching pics. Thanks[​IMG]

  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC!

    I'm not an expert on fertilized eggs (how to tell them apart). Maybe you should post a picture of your hens and we could help see if any are roosters!
  3. mortie

    mortie Songster

    Feb 16, 2014
    The Frozen Tundra
    They look infertile to me. The bottom one has a bit of the bullseye look that people are looking for when they look for a fertile egg, but I've seen that on infertile eggs before. I suppose it's possible that one of your shes is a he, but I suspect it's an infertile egg with the appearance of a bullseye. I've seen that with my own chickens before, and there are no roosters for miles and my girls are in a fully enclosed run inside my fenced backyard in the middle of town.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2015
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Hmmm I've seen topic this several times in the last month or so.
    Makes me wonder if the yolks with an enlarged blastoderm coming out of my roostered coop are not fertile after all??

    ....and maybe this pic I've been using is not accurate?

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  5. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    It's hard to tell if it's fertilized or not. The easiest way to tell for sure is to post a picture of your flock like familyfarm1 suggested, so we can tell if you have a hidden rooster.

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