Originally Posted by charcharbinx
Are there any negative effects of candling your eggs?
I candled the same egg on day 5 and day 7 (I probably shouldn't have, but I'm not going to candle again until day 14. it's so hard to resist the temptation!)
on day 5, I could see the embryo. day 7, more veining, couldn't see embryo? I could see the veins moving. no blood ring, but it's almost like the little booger didn't want to be seen? haha I've tried searching for bad things to look for, but couldn't find anything. egg is a GLW Roo over light sussex hen, so the egg is very light cream colored egg.
Hi there! It depends on who you ask. If you wash your hands and don't drop the eggs, you're good. I spot check every night by candling and I monitor my air cells to adjust humidity. I was so sick of hearing people argue against candling that my last hatch last year I decided I was going to set 6 eggs aside to candle every single night. The rest would be day 7/14/18 day candles. (I added an extra day in there too.) I had started with 21 of my own eggs. On day 5 I noticed one of the eggs that I wasn't candling had an oily sheen to it so I pulled it out and candled, it was an early quitter so I tossed it. That left me w/20 counting 6 I was candling daily. All 20 made it to lockdown and all 20 hatched out perfectly healthy chicks. Now, I will note that shipped eggs need less handling, as they are more fragile and been stressed much more.
I'm of the hands on philosophy and I believe in experiencing and learning from incubation and hatch, not just setting and standing back.
Edited by AmyLynn2374 - 3/15/16 at 10:12am