Urp... fertile egg?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by eggsulli, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. eggsulli

    eggsulli New Egg

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    I have approx 45 chickens, 2 of which are roosters. I collect eggs daily, I sift through the nest litter to make sure there aren't any hidden eggs. One of my customers told me today that they cracked an egg a couple days ago and found a developing chick... I'm perplexed. How would that happen, I realize it takes about 21 days for an egg to hatch once a hen start setting... what did I miss? Thank you
     
  2. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perhaps they meant they had a blood spot in their egg and thought it was a developing chick? Blod spots do happen and can happen in a non fertile egg as well as fertile ones. You need to find out how *developed* the chick was. Usually it is at least 3 days until you see even veins and 7 days before anything resembling a vague chick.
     
  3. eggsulli

    eggsulli New Egg

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    Good points, thanks for taking time to explain that. I'll try to get some information tomorrow. For giggles I made a home made candler tonight with my kids. It was interesting to look at the eggs, but unless there was a Sasquatch growing I'm not so sure I"d have seen anything :).
     

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