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Help! What are these in my shop bought eggs??

Discussion in 'Bird Health and Nutrition' started by Lisiloo, Apr 2, 2019.


  1. Lisiloo

    Lisiloo PetForums Newbie

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    4C667750-F6D1-4DF2-BF12-E9DE48B2C0D0.jpeg A9FE212F-525A-4BB4-B96D-D31EA097FDF2.jpeg Hi all,

    Would anyone be able to tell me what these are in these 2 duck eggs? My 11 year old son decided to incubate some duck eggs we bought from a farm shop to see if they’d hatch! I agreed to fork out on an incubator for him because I figured it was something nice for him to try, but honestly don’t believe he’ll have any success. However, after 8 days of incubation we’ve candled the eggs and 2 of them have something growing inside. I’ve done a bit of research and there aren’t any veins that I can see, so I’m guessing it’s just bacteria??? However, I don’t want to discard the eggs if it turns out to be embryos! Please help this daft ole mum!
     
  2. Linda Weasel

    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    I think it indicates the eggs have been fertilised, but don’t know if that makes them viable. I’d guess not if they have been cold for any length of time.

    I believe there are specialists who sell eggs for incubation.
     
  3. Lisiloo

    Lisiloo PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Linda, thank you for your reply. We don’t intend on getting any fertilised eggs for incubation; my son has just decided to carry out a bit of an experiment to see if he can hatch shop bought eggs. I’m not convinced he’ll be successful, but it’s interestung nevertheless. I just saw these dark shapes and wondered what they are. Should I leave them in the incubator a bit longer or should I throw them away?
     
  4. Linda Weasel

    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    Honestly don’t know; I used to keep chickens with a cockerel and often the eggs, when cracked open, had a dark red spot. One of the local farmers said fertilisation is the reason; it’s the beginning of the embryo.
     
  5. ShibaPup

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    I wouldn't say they are viable

    By 8 days you should expect to see some clear and distinct 'spider web' like veins within the egg and a pink hue when candled :)
     
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