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May 2012 Vol. 2

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May2012
Vol. 2

Claudia & Pat : Last Summer, we became caretakers of 5 Dominiques (1 Rooster and 4 Hens) that are across the street from out office in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. This is a picture of Henry. These 5 chickens came from the same clutch about 5 years ago. The chickens have filled out and seem to have become more social since their care has been consistent and interactive. We usually find 2 eggs every other day except in the Winter months. Since March, I have been candling the eggs but am not seeing any fertile eggs. We are looking for any possible explanation for not getting fertile eggs and any advice or suggestions for what we can try to get fertile eggs. We have to keep this breed pure so we can't just bring in a surrogate rooster. Thanks for the ideas.

My Reply : Candling can only show if an egg is fertile once it has been under a broody hen (or in an incubator) for a few days and has started to develop. The only way (as far as I know) to see if an egg is fertilised without actually starting to incubate it is to crack it open and look at the yolk - a fertilised egg has a small white blob that looks like a donut, whilst in an unfertilised egg the blob is smaller and just a blob. If the rooster is doing his job regularly with all the girls then it is usually safe to assume that all the eggs have been fertilised.

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Keeping Chickens Newsletter - Published May 2012 by www.Self-Sufficient-Life.com