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New to candling, on day 3 4 5 or 6 with a broody hen

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I am assuming these are all viable eggs. I'm unsure on the date of the eggs because she sat on them for big chunks and was off for big chunks for the first 2 days, so i dont know if she sat enough to start development before she got on them for 3 days straight.

Is the shadow normal or correct for a developing embryo? Is it ok to not see veins but see a yolk size shadow?




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I am assuming these are all viable eggs. I'm unsure on the date of the eggs because she sat on them for big chunks and was off for big chunks for the first 2 days, so i dont know if she sat enough to start development before she got on them for 3 days straight.

Is the shadow normal or correct for a developing embryo? Is it ok to not see veins but see a yolk size shadow?



I don't see any development yet. but I would give it more time.

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I see veins in one (not going to handle them again, so no pictures!). There are 7 in the clutch. I'm really unsure if this is going to even work. She sat on them non stop from wednesday afternoon until this morning, around 7 or 730. She got off and i think she got distracted or something. She was hiding in bushes, not even trying to run away, growling at me, and making that murmur-y chirping sounds. She let me pick her up and i put her back on around 2 but she got back down. I put her on again at 345 and put some tshirts over her nest box opening (she can still get out) and halfway shut the door to the barn to close in the light and she settled back in. But that was 9 hours off the eggs. Part of me wants to set up an incubator, and the other part of me wants nothing to do with brooding chicks and would rather have to chuck the eggs and wait forthe broodiness to stick.
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I had a short moment of clarity and candled one of the eggs from our other rhode island red that i got today. There is a DEFINITE difference! The air sack in the other egg is around nickel sie in circumference, while the eggs in the nest are larger than a quarter. The non-sat-on egg is definitely darker up top a bit, but there is no definitive circle and it is a gradual fade from the bottom to the top, lighter to darker. The sat on eggs have a defined circle and it moves freely about the egg as it turns. I think the eggs are on day 3 going into day 4. As lon as her prolonged absence today doesn't kill them, we have viable eggs at the moment!
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Good luck hope they hatch☺
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