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How Soon Can You Candle An Egg?

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What's the earliest you can candle an egg to see if it's fertile?  I am pretty sute that you can see at 3 days, but can you see any sooner?  From what I read in the wonderful book co-written by the co-founder of BYC, you can see the chick developing at 3-days, so I'm hoping that at about 24 hours after an egg is laid, you can candle and see something.

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did you test any before? I always crack on to test them for the bullseye.

You really don't want to handle them until 7 days for they are fragile.

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I've candled some a long time ago, so I know how to do it.  The reason I am asking is that I have a Silkie male that I've seen mounting one of my non-laying hens.  I have not seen him mounting one of my three laying hens yet and I was just wondering if he's possibly fertilized their eggs or not.

Since I'm so frustrated with getting all these roosters (check out some of my other posts) and I REALLY wanted more hens for eggs, I thought I might let my laying hens hatch some eggs and see what comes out.  I can always take any roosters to the local swap or The Ranch and sell them or give them away.  sad  I've got a broody Cochin bantam and a Silkie (both a great mothers, right?).

I have to think long and hard about this whole idea, but it was just a thought for now.  ;p  Maybe I'll see if I can talk my boyfriend into going up to The Ranch in Waldo next weekend and seeing what hens anyone has up there.  big_smile

What does "the bullseye" mean?  I'm kinda a newbie...I mean, I've only had hens for about a year and I've never hatched eggs.  sad

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The "bulls-eye" is the sign, on the yolk, that the egg has been fertilized.  If you crack an egg open and look at the yolk, there is a white spot on it.  That spot turns into a bullseye when the egg is fertilized.

Here's a place to start: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
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