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#1 2012-05-16 18:13:53

Lindy Lou
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From: Priceville, Ontario
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Fertile eggs

How long do you leave eggs in the incubator before you can tell for sure that they are fertile? I looked it up on line and it said"Crack egg into a bowl and look for the white dot. Pretty difficult to hatch them after you crack them open:duh: I have candled them at 3 days but can't see anything that looks like veining. However the eggs are from two different groups with two different roosters so both of them can't be dudes, can they? :huh:


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#2 2012-05-16 18:22:06

gubi
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Re: Fertile eggs

three and a half days.  Re candle them tonight or tomorrow again.  At 3 days the yolk looks slightly different.  An infertile egg's yolk will float around easily but if they are fertile they stay put.


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#3 2012-05-16 18:42:58

Lindy Lou
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Re: Fertile eggs

Thanks Stefan I'll look at them again tomorrow.


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#4 2012-05-16 19:40:14

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Fertile eggs

I thought I'd noticed that too Stefan.  I guess the warmth maybe breaks down the chalazae on the infertile eggs, or maybe it's that super thick white near the yolk that goes watery. I usually don't check til day five or more likely day 7 and look for the "red spider"!

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#5 2012-05-16 20:47:13

Prairie Chick
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Re: Fertile eggs

If I am in doubt I will wait until day 7, better safe than sorry =D


Chickens:  EO's, BLRW, Ameracauna's (blue/black/splash also Lavender) and lavender D'Uccles
Waterfowl: Super dewlap Africans, Seb's, American Blue Geese, Muscovies,
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#6 2012-05-16 22:17:38

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Fertile eggs

:funny: That what I call it too the "red spider"!!!

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#7 2012-05-17 00:18:41

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Fertile eggs

Yep, highly technical chicken terms are what we specialize in here :Crazy:

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#8 2012-05-17 01:27:29

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Fertile eggs

Hey Lindy, what are you hatching now?  I thought you were done :whistle:

=D

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#9 2012-05-17 02:07:34

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Re: Fertile eggs

chickaholics anonymous - we're never done...  :oops:

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#10 2012-05-17 02:32:02

Lindy Lou
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Re: Fertile eggs

Yea Yea I was done but then I thought maybe I should try hatching some of my own eggs. Otherwise there really isn't any point in keeping those two Roosters. So I threw some Americaunas and some Favorelles in the incubator. I think about 10 of each just as a trial run. Both boys are quite young so who knows if they will be fertile or not.


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#11 2012-05-17 06:56:49

Micah and Kiah
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Re: Fertile eggs

The nice eggs you gave me are looking great!  Only 1 Fav and the bantam were clear on day 14.  The others had a perfect sized air sac for day 14 and great development as far as I can tell.  Hopefully fluff balls on Tuesday!  Maybe you can candle them with me on Saturday before lock down? 
I'm trying really hard not to count my chickies before they hatch!  :chickout:


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#12 2012-05-17 11:49:18

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Fertile eggs

Maggiesdad wrote:

chickaholics anonymous - we're never done...  :oops:

Sad but true :funny: 

Ah Lindy you know I'm just razzing you, you would have done the same to me buddy ole pal =D

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#13 2012-05-17 12:20:22

Lindy Lou
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Re: Fertile eggs

You know me soooo well Paula :funny:


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#14 2012-05-17 13:01:14

gubi
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Re: Fertile eggs

I ran my incubator without eggs in it for about 4 days before I succumbed and loaded it up with EO eggs again!  IT is a test run of sorts.  Egg turner in and no water.  I want to see if the fertility of my EO's got better again and if the turner does in fact decrease hatch ability.  I had a great hatch in it without water and hand turning this past hatch.  But most of all I had a flat of EO eggs that were going to go to waste! 
I may qualify for CA?


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#15 2012-05-17 14:06:57

Maggiesdad
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Re: Fertile eggs

Oh yes, you definitely qualify for CA! Thanks for sharing that with everyone, gubi.
Let's all join hands and think happy chick thoughts for gubi's incubator...  :funny:

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#16 2012-05-17 15:33:07

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Fertile eggs

:funny: yes happy chick thoughts sent :hatch:

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#17 2012-05-17 15:52:31

Lindy Lou
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Re: Fertile eggs

:Canada: Happy chick thoughts to you
              Happy Chick thoughts to you,
              Happy chick thoughts, Happy Chick thoughts
               Happy Chick thoughts toooo youuuuuu :thumbs:


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#18 2012-05-17 19:32:53

NaturesPace
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Re: Fertile eggs

haha :funny:

you guys are crazy and i love it.

Gubi: so you normally hand turn and you are trying an auto turner to see if it decreases hatch rate? have you heard that the auto turner can decrease hatch rate? i will gladly hand turn if it means a better hatch.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#19 2012-05-17 23:08:30

poplar girl
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Re: Fertile eggs

Folks..may i mention that the objective of CA is not supposed to be to encourage the addicted individual but to rehabilitate them!

On another note....6 new baby turkeys hatched today =D...


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#20 2012-05-18 00:19:42

Lindy Lou
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From: Priceville, Ontario
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Re: Fertile eggs

Oh geezs that's where we've been going wrong. Thanks PG for pointing that out :funny:


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#21 2012-05-18 00:55:42

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Fertile eggs

Ya....OK if you say so PG.  =D


I'm with Lynn, thanks for clarifying that. :funny:

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#22 2012-05-18 01:32:11

gubi
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Re: Fertile eggs

NP,  I only ever used the auto turner once before and I had a very low hatch rate.  Every other hatch I have 70+ eggs in the hova so way more then the auto turner can handle.  I know of at least one other member here that thinks hand turning gets more chicks. 
Lindy you will have to show us some pictures of your favorelles some day.  They were one of my very first breeds I ever had.  I got hooked on chickens with favorelles, Bielefelder and partridge silkies.


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#23 2012-05-18 01:59:56

Lindy Lou
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From: Priceville, Ontario
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Re: Fertile eggs

Better still Stefan you will have to come over one day and meet them for yourself. We don't live that far apart.


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#24 2012-05-18 02:07:27

NaturesPace
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Re: Fertile eggs

LL, are you candling today or waiting a few more?


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#25 2012-05-18 12:10:13

Lindy Lou
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Re: Fertile eggs

I'll probably take a look today. I set them on the 13th so this is Day 5 and I should see something by now. I could do with one of CR's photos on what to look for. :please:

Last edited by Lindy Lou (2012-05-18 12:13:04)


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