Saturday, January 20, 2018

How to tell if chicken eggs are fertile

To tell if your eggs are fertile, you will need to wait until day 5-7 of the hen laying on the eggs, or incubating. 

If you egg is fertile it should look like the photo above. You will be able to see a small embryo with veins through the egg. This means your egg is fertile and growing well. As time goes on you will be able to see more movement from the embryo.

If your egg is not fertile there will be a ring around the egg, also called a "blood ring." This means the egg was actually fertile but the chick did not grow properly. If the egg is not fertile at all, you won't be able to see anything but the yolk inside of the egg.

This can be done with a flashlight if you have one nearby, but this egg candler I have is pretty awesome and picks up more detail inside of the egg and I recommend it to anyone who is a crazy chicken lady like myself.