Store-bought organic eggs...fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kickinchicken, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. kickinchicken

    kickinchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all! I am attaching a pic of some eggs I prepared for breakfast yesterday. I was looking at them and wondered if the highly over-priced organic free-range eggs I buy (because my hens are a bunch of bantam slackers!) are possibly fertilized. Here you go!

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  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    No. Look for the bullseye on the egg - lite white circle around the dot.
     
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    It's doubtful that they are fertile.

    What makes you think they are highly over-priced?
     
  4. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    friend of mine told me that she has heard of folks incubating and hatching them but I have no idea from any personal experience.. wouldnt hurt to try i suppose
     
  5. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

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    The easiest way to find out if store bought eggs are fertile is to read the package. *Free range organic* tells you what they ate. *Fertile* tells you about their friends. [​IMG]
     
  6. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:Does any producer use "Fertile" as a marketing point? I would think that specific labeling would be scaring away the average consumer more than it would be enticing them.
     
  7. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

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    Quote:Does any producer use "Fertile" as a marketing point? I would think that specific labeling would be scaring away the average consumer more than it would be enticing them.

    Yes. Trader Joe's sells Fertile eggs. That's how all those "hatching grocery store eggs" threads got going. Some people think it makes the nutrition content better. I have no idea if it's true or a crock, but if they'll buy it, someone will sell it.

    eta - Here's the pic from GardeNerd's thread...
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  8. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Find the Trader Joes thread and read it. I believe there are eggs out there that can be fertile but are not marketed as such. A local free range egg farm here that sells to the Co-op markets has roos running with the hens. Lots of hens...which might mean that only a certain percentage of the eggs in the carton are actually fertile. I think I read that the girls lay better if there are roos around. But this is on a small farm. Don't know about the bigger 'organic, free range' egg farms.
     
  9. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    No, those don't look fertile. I was recently asked by a friend if the fertile eggs were healthier to eat...[​IMG]...mine are fertile 'cause I like looking a handsome roo and hearing him crow. [​IMG]
     
  10. sloallie10

    sloallie10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, trader joes has them!
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