My friend gifted my girls with an incubator.
I am reading the directions and it says to turn to page xxx to determine if your eggs are fertilized or not. Okay, turn there and the directions tell me that fertilized eggs are laid by a hen housed with a cock and un-fertilized are the ones you eat.
I have roosters, 4 of them actually but they are all pretty young. Is there a way to tell if an egg is fertilized or not?
Better question.... what would a Banty Polish x standard Easter Egger chicken look like?
I think you can google for the exact amount of days to wait (I don't have an incubator and don't know) but candling is how you can tell if the egg is viable. Either pull it from the incubator after "x" days, or from under the hen, and give it a look see.
I've candled with a flashlight in a dark room and it can work. I can't remember where, but there are charts online to tell you what to look for at which specific amount of time.
At any rate, whenever I've had questions on eggs left in the nest after the hen takes the hatched chicks off, I've given them a gentle shake. The bad ones usually slosh and the developed ones will thud slightly.
(Oh my gosh... that sounds terrible, but it works after the eggs have been cooking for a while.)
Ahead of time? Before you put them in the incubator/under the hen?.... I don't know on that one other than do you see the little guys being "active?"
Bany Polish X EE? I'm guessing cute as all get up!
Or, so ugly it has to be cute.