Hello all, I'm here incubating my first set of "important" eggs- day 13. I have incubated and hatched several clutches using crappy incubators for a variety of school projects with wildly successful results... which I chalk up to the fact that they were "low risk" projects. Now, I have 24 shipped eggs.
I read the hatching guidelines on here. Overall, I think things are going pretty well. I have 12 Cornish, 11 BCM, and 1 arucana.
My question relates to candling- I'm not terribly confident in what I am seeing, but I suspect that several of the eggs are non-viable. There are no foul odors, cracks, etc at this point in time. What is the likelihood/risk that any non-viable eggs will explode? I keep seeing people list it as a possibility, but I'm trying to get a feeling for odds of this actually happening.
Where this is going... I'm hesitant to toss any eggs as I've never tried to candle before, and the darker eggs were definitely challenging with just a flash light. It was a bit of a challenge finding them here in Australia, so I'm trying to assess the risk of incorrectly tossing a viable embryo vs. having an exploding egg disaster.
Does it seem reasonable to keep monitoring for odor/cracks etc several times a day until lock down? I'm hoping that at lock down it will be stupidly obvious which are good and which are not- I was thinking of setting up some kind of divider for the bator for any that I was unsure about to check my candling skills.
I'll probably be out of internet range for the weekend, but any advice is greatly appreciated.