Originally Posted by southernhusky
Yeah you need a lot more powerful to see the dark brown. I really love a pen type light I bought from walmart, it was about $15 but it is 21 lumens I think, its bright then several of my "large" flashlights plus the way the lens is set with a larger "edge" around it, its perfect for seeing through eggs(not that I have any that dark but I bet it would work well for dark brown ones).
First time I set eggs I started with way too much humidity too, then moved them to a brooder I put an egg turner in(reptibator wouldnt get above 93-95 ish) and forgot to add any water...but I'm in a humid climate and it was like 35-45% and its in the room I was in the most which we dont really heat or cool much because I'm comfy at warmer temps.
I'm just letting the humidity drop until lockdown. It's been at about 30% for a week now. I heard that's better for the dark maran eggs. And like you mentioned, better in general.
I ended up buying a bright flashlight and putting together a little cardboard cutout for the egg to rest on. The very dark eggs don't show all of the way through, but I can see what I need to.
Minnesota was 80 degrees the other day, then down to 60 the next, and 55 today. Tomorrow it's suppose to be getting warm again. We had 60mph winds yesterday. I have to constantly watch the bator temp and make sure I don't get a humidity/temp spike. I'll be glad when these eggs are done cooking. Minnesota is too bipolar for me right now :-)