Can you hatch a store-bought egg?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you hatch a store-bought egg?”, and where can you buy fertilized hatching eggs?

This article also includes a brief guide on how to tell if the egg is fertilized or not. Read on if you want to know how to make hatching hard-boiled eggs and hatching chicks deviled eggs.

Can you hatch a store-bought egg?

No, you cannot hatch a store-bought egg. This is because the store-bought eggs are not fertile. Only the eggs that are fertilized by a male rooster can hatch. Hatching also requires specific conditions. You must incubate the fertile eggs at about 100℉ for 21 days.

Where can you buy fertilized hatching eggs?

You need to educate yourself on how to hatch an egg. First of all, you need to find a hatchery near you that can supply fertilized eggs. Then you need to grab a starter kit that includes an incubator, brooder, and heat lamp. 

Alternatively, you can search for online hatcheries that provide you with the fertilized eggs as well as the starter kit. The incubator is important to hatch the eggs. It provides the temperature necessary to keep the eggs warm and stimulate embryo growth.

Do we eat fertilized eggs?

Yes, you can eat fertilized eggs. It is not as gross as it sounds. Because there is little difference in the taste and overall appearance of the fertile and non-fertile eggs. 

If you get your eggs from a free-range farm with roosters present, you may already be eating fertilized eggs without even knowing.

How can you tell if an egg is fertilized?

Candling is the best way to tell if the egg is fertilized or not. This technique involves holding the eggs against a source of light. This technique is particularly employed during incubation to check if the embryo is healthy and developing.

There is another way to differentiate between fertile and non-fertile eggs. However, that requires cracking open the eggs. 

When you crack a fertile egg, you will notice a medium-sized fully round white spot on the egg yolk. On the other hand, the white spot in a non-fertile egg will not be round and will be smaller in size.

Hatching hard-boiled eggs recipe


  • Eggs
  • Carrots


  1. Fill a pot up to 1 inch deep with water. Bring the water to a rolling boil.
  1. Place the eggs on a steamer basket. Lower the basket into the boiling water pot.
  1. Close the pot with a tight lid and set the timer for about 13 minutes.
  1. After 13 minutes, remove the lid and take out the steamer basket.
  1. Transfer the boiled eggs to an ice water bath and let them sit in there for about 20 minutes.
  1. While the eggs cool, cut the carrots into slices. Cut an “E” out of each carrot slice using a cookie cutter. You will need two “E” shaped carrot slices for one egg.
  1. Then cut the carrots into sticks. You will need 2 sticks per egg.
  1. Poke a hole in the center of each “E” using a skewer. To make the chicken leg and foot, push a carrot stick into each “E”.
  1. After 20 minutes, when the boiled eggs are cool, take them out of the ice water bath. Then poke two carrot chicken legs into each boiled egg.

Hatching chicks deviled eggs recipe


  • 6 hard-boiled extra-large eggs
  • Mayo, as needed
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp sugar, optional
  • Peppercorns, for eyes
  • Carrot chips, for beaks and feet


  1. Boil the eggs and transfer them immediately to an ice water bath. When the eggs have cooled down, rinse, wipe them eggs dry and peel them.
  1. To make beaks, cut 12 feet and 12 small triangles from carrot chips.
  1. Cut a thin slice from the broad side of each boiled egg so that the egg can sit still without tipping.
  1. Cut off the top third from each egg. Take out the yolk from each egg and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Mash the egg yolks using a fork. Then stir in 1/3 cup mayo, salt and pepper to taste, and sugar.
  1. Fill the egg white bottom with the egg yolk mixture using a piping bag or a spoon. Use 2 peppercorns, capers, or black olives to place the eyes on each egg. Use tweezers for the accuracy or if you do not have a stable hand.
  1. Position 2 triangles, at a small distance, for the beaks. Place feet in front of chicks. Refrigerate until you are ready to devour the eggs.


In this article, we answered the question “Can you hatch a store-bought egg?”, and where can you buy fertilized hatching eggs?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.