Those are some fast egg layers

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by peeps7, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    I have some hens that I got recently and within 24 hours one of them layed an egg. I was wondering how you know if the egg is fertile right off or even if there is a way. Anybody know?[​IMG]
     
  2. sgray136

    sgray136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rooster present = Fertile
    Rooster not present = Not Fertile
     
  3. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    Well let me put it this way, my rooster isn't a very busy rooster.
     
  4. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    You cant tell if it is fertile unless you break it open.... or wait so many days then candle is what I have been told

    Good luck
     
  5. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    Well that's alright but I was wondering, I have a silky chick and it needs some extra nutrition. Can I use brown sugar in the water instead of sugar or molases?
     
  6. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I have no clue... sorry... I dont see why not... BUT, I would wait until someone with more experiance comes along... I just dont know... sorry
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If your chick needs extra nutrition, sugar isn't gong to help it, no matter the type. You need vitamins and electrolytes to give "nutrition". You can use boiled eggs as a nutritious treat too. Make sure you just have free choice chick feed too.

    If you really want to know if the egg is fertile, incubate it and see if it develops.

    As for your rooster, I bet he's doing his job, just not in front of you. That is a good thing as that can indicate you are top rooster and won't try for "your" hens when you are present.
     
  8. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    thanks for the advice silkiechicken.[​IMG] My chick is a partridge silkie and it really doesn't need extra nutrition I just liked the idea of having an extra boost in life.


    P.S Do you raise silkies?
     
  9. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can tell if eggs are fertile by cracking them open and looking at the blastoderm. It is the small white circle on the yolk. If the eggs is fertile it will appear to have a bulls eye appearance. There are photos of a fertile egg somewhere on this site, You might try a search.
     

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