To candle or not to candle?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alc245, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. alc245

    alc245 Just Hatched

    Jul 5, 2016
    Upstate New York
    We just found out our Winnie is really a Walter and has been expressing his raging teenage boy hormones on all our girls. These are our first chickens and we have no idea what to do with fertilized eggs? We have only gotten 1 very tiny xtra-small egg from the group so far. If we collect the eggs in the Morning and at night, do I have to worry about cracking an egg and having a baby chick fall out (my nightmare!) Any suggestions on cleaning the eggs?

  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Read. You will learn something. Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    NO a chick will NOT fall out of your egg.

    It takes 21 days for a chick to form.
  3. redguinea

    redguinea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 25, 2015
    Land down under
    If you leave eggs under hens for a period of time dont eat them they may have embyos growing but you collect your eggs every day you shouldnt have a problem.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    It takes about 2 days for a fertilised egg, kept at a high enough temperature (around 90F), to start developing and over the first 48 hours the development is minimal. That said your concerns is valid. Opening an egg to find a chick inside is a horrible experience! But if you collect the eggs regularly, you'll be o.k.
  5. alc245

    alc245 Just Hatched

    Jul 5, 2016
    Upstate New York
    Thanks everyone!

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