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Chelsea    Posted 03-18-2003 at 09:47:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i was wondering if there was any way to tell if a chicken egg is fertile, i have chickens and i would like to hatch some baby chicks. i have tryed many many times but failed becuase i didnt know how to tell if they were fertile. please help!
Chelsea :)

Yankee    Posted 03-18-2003 at 17:34:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Candleing is the best way to tell.If the hen has sat on them a couple of days you can remove them and check.Bright light,dark room.

DeadCarp    Posted 03-18-2003 at 21:53:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
The idea with candling eggs is to get the light shining behind them, while you're looking thru the egg for a spot (blood spot really, the start of a chick). If you're in a kinda dark room, you can use a trouble-lite shoved inside a cardboard box. Just fashion a little hole (big as a quarter)
in the box, so you can set the egg on it, turn it and snoop around.

Tom A    Posted 03-19-2003 at 02:12:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
One last thing: "A Guide to Better Hatching" by Stromberg says that most beginners cannot see anything for sure when candling until the 9th day of incubation. Folks who have done it lots can tell much earlier, but 9 days is the minimum they suggest a beginner use to decide an egg is not fertile.

Tom A

JohnnyB    Posted 03-18-2003 at 17:17:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe candeling only works if the eggs have been incubated for a couple of days. I use a small flashlihght and turn off all other lights in the haouse after a few days in the incubator.

Salmoneye    Posted 03-18-2003 at 10:31:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The process is called 'candleing'...

Jim in Michigan    Posted 03-18-2003 at 09:53:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
you can crack one and sometimes there is a bloody spot. Jim

pat    Posted 03-18-2003 at 21:15:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
kinda takes the fun out of trying to hatch them huh??? sorry couldnt resist

Jim in Michigan    Posted 03-18-2003 at 09:51:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
you can crack one and sometimes there is a bloody spot. Jim

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