Was this egg fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MacTech, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. MacTech

    MacTech Chirping

    I gathered this egg on 12/2/14, it's been under refrigeration since then, am I seeing the "bullseye" on the yolk?

  2. Dcat

    Dcat Chirping

    Mar 19, 2014
    AA County Maryland
    I would say yes, yes it is.
  3. The Colonel

    The Colonel Songster

    Mar 23, 2014
    Middle TN
    Yes it's fertile.
  4. MacTech

    MacTech Chirping

    Good to know :)

    And the correct syntax in this case, is...
    "Yes, it *WAS* fertile"

    Shortly after the photo was taken, they became scrambled eggs, quite tasty

    Now I know what to look for, it'll also be a good photo to show people that think eating fertile eggs are "gross", the only difference between a fertile and infertile egg collected right after laying is a small disc of developing cells....

    Admittedly if the hen has had more than 24 hours sitting on the egg, there would be a little more difference.....

    The egg was from one of my Buff Orpingtons, and there was a 50/50 chance the father was either Tribble or Raven

    So it could have been a Silkie/Cochin/Orp mix (Tribble+BO), or a Cochin/Orp (Raven/BO) mix

    ...turns out Raven is all Cochin, both parents

    Once one of my hens goes broody, I'll let her hatch some eggs, either mix should be adorable....
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014

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