Originally Posted by chooniecat
SO frustrating being ignorant and not good at much(sorry-am VERY frustrated-grrrrr) BREATHE-just tried to candle eggs and can't tell ANYTHING for sure. Its day 11 and altho there were differences in eggs NONE of them had veins that I could tell. MOST of the eggs(only candled 7 of the appx. 12 eggs under her) seemed predominantly dark with the "air sack" at end clear. didn't look like a chic form -TOO much dark it seemed to me. and the others that were different looked simalar to the ones I have seen online that showed POSSIBLE bacterial growth(but not definitly so you don't want to toss them IN CASE) I am blue. ANYHOW -in frustration put ALL eggs back under her and came in almost in tears. And am going to try to look up more pics. dumb chickens.(not serious but am SO frustrated)
Take it easy, I know how you feel. No harm in leaving them all for now.
It does get easier to see, "thru your minds eye" as you have had some experience. Like everything it takes practice. First make it as dark as absolutely possible, the blinds in my bator room aren't dark so I just wait till dark. if you are using a flash light that isn't VERY bright, it will make it harder. Any egg that isn't white can also be a bigger challenge, but you'll get there. DH decided his small LED wasn't bright enough so he went out and bought me a Coleman that like 1400 lums (half that would work fine. It helps and it's the smallest brightest I've seen. When you candle are you getting a good seal ? Useing your finger and thumb get the best seal you can since light leaking out can obscure your view. You can also make a small candling box if you are having trouble holding everything at once, again it takes practice. DH likes to hold so I have help.
Like you said "BREATH" relax this is fun. It will be worth it when you can see the chick and you see feet and they move!