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Taking care of fertile eggs before incubation

The most important thing to remember about fertile eggs meant for hatching is that they’re living things — they must be handled gently and kept at the right temperature or they’ll die. Don’t shake them or toss them around — if you do, you may kill the embryo. Don’t wash fertile eggs intended for hatching!Washed […]

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Finding fertile eggs

Try to find a local source of fertile eggs if you can. Sending eggs through the mail and getting a high percentage of them to hatch is very difficult — the average rate of hatch under ideal conditions for fertile eggs sent by mail is only 50 to 60 percent. Normally, you don’t get any […]

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Chicken Eggs Candling

Candling eggs is a very exciting time. Candling a week after incubation allows you to find out if an egg is fertile and allows you to remove clear eggs. Candling again after another week allows you to remove any ‘dead in shell’ embryos, those that haven’t developed further and usually only show a blood ring inside. A dark room and a bright […]

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Day 18 of incubation period

When eggs go into lockdown on day 18, they prepare to hatch by positioning their beaks towards the wide end of the egg where the air cell is. For much of the journey thus far, the embryo has been supplied with oxygen through the eggshell’s pores via a network of blood vessels called the allantois. Just prior to hatching, the chick pokes […]