Was this a fertile egg??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thomasgregory, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. thomasgregory

    thomasgregory New Egg

    Jan 20, 2017


    Very new to keeping chickens

    I have 2 pullets and 1 rooster (silkies)

    They laid there first eggs the other day just cracked one and found this small red thing instead (in pic).

    can any help me

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    The small red thing you can see is a blood or meat spot. Sometimes when the yolk is released from the ovary into the oviduct a piece of the lining can come away or tear which then becomes encased in the egg as it moves along the process. It's nothing to worry about and the eggs are fine to eat.
    As for the egg being fertile you can tell this by looking at the little white dot/disc on top of the yolk. I can't quite see clearly from your pic but it looks to be fertile. If fertile the little dot/disc is called the blastoderm and is also often referred to as a bullseye. If infertile it's called the blastodisc. Hope these pics help so you can compare with your egg for sure.

  3. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    They don't look fertile, but picture is not great. How old are your silkies?
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2017
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chicken Obsessed

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I didn't even notice the meat spot because I was busy looking at the blasto disk until I read @Yorkshire Coop post. [​IMG]

    Anyways, I have nothing to add because you already got great info.

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