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Posted by Starling on May 05, 2003 at 16:13:31:
In Reply to: How do I know if eggs are fertile posted by mordiemann on May 05, 2003 at 11:04:47:
You can candle them, or wait to see if they hatch or go bad. However once you have seen the difference between a fertile agg and an infertile one, it is easy to tell them apart. Fertile eggs firm up and get a dry, papery texture to them, and look very white and not shiny- like a stale marshmellow. As they get closer to hatching, they will swell up and get larger, and may look quite pink, with red veins clearly visible to the naked eye. Infertile eggs tend to be softer, and stay like a half-filled water balloon. The surface may be somewhat shiny, more like plastic or latex than papery, they will look off-white or yellowish after awhile, and it will usually develop orange or green or white mold.
If in doubt, always incubate, you'll know soon enough. Remember though that even fertile eggs can die or fail to hatch.
:I wonder how long it takes before you know if the eggs are fertile. 2 of my 3 eggs has begon to get a little orange (Is that good)
:How do you know if it`s to moist?
:One of the eggs she digged down sideways if you understand? (It`s not quite horisontal).