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Candling at Day 3....

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I am almost at 3 days in the incubator and all I can see when I candle is a dark blob at the "fat" end of the egg....Most of the pictures I have looked at seem as though they already have veins at day 3....Are my eggs gonner's????

post #2 of 16

Absolutely not! Give them till day 7 then try again. I NEVER candle before day 6 myself, it's just too hard to tell that early...

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Breeder of Marsh Daisies; keeper of a pick-n-mix laying flock of Leghorns, Marans, ISA Browns, Black Rocks, Daisy culls and various Mystery Muttleys. The dogs in my avatar pic are fat Sam, the assumed cross of a greedy black Lab and a sneaky Collie, and grumpy Meg, the smallest and narkiest Jack Russell for 50 miles in any direction.
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post #3 of 16

At day 3 I can see the beginning of veining but usually nothing more (besides the yolk and air sac).  I normally don't candle at day 3 unless I overcrowd the incubator.  Maybe someone with more knowledge will reply.  Did you look at the pictures at the beginning of this thread?

post #4 of 16

It can be hard to tell that early, unless you have done it alot. I would support prior advice as to wait at least till day 7 or even 10.

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Ameracanas, Aracanas, EE's  Rhode Island Reds, Black Copper,Blue,Black French Marans,  Australian Sheperd Boomer, and 70 Registered Holsteins. OH and don't forget the 4 Allis Chalmers.
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post #5 of 16
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Can you help me learn about where to look for the air sac and what it looks like?

post #6 of 16

The air cell is at the top (fat end) of the egg. It's starts as a dime-like circle that gets larger as the chick develops.

In this pic of a Day 16 egg, the empty space on the left at the top of the egg is the air cell.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/thumbs/230_day_16_copy.jpg

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~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

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Originally Posted by speckledhen 

The air cell is at the top (fat end) of the egg. It's starts as a dime-like circle that gets larger as the chick develops.

In this pic of a Day 16 egg, the empty space on the left at the top of the egg is the air cell.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/thumbs/230_day_16_copy.jpg


Thank you speckledhen, what would it look like on Day 3?  I am going to try to post a picture of my candling today, could you give me your opinion please?

post #8 of 16

It would be very small. Honestly, you should not be candling at Day 3. The vein network is very delicate at that stage and you could harm the embryo. I never candle that early and I've been doing it for years. Wait until at least Day 6 and you'll be more sure of what you're seeing.

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

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"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen
 

 

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~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

Blue Roo Creations on Facebook for Handmade Quilts and News from Ladyhawk & Cynthia!

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen
 

 

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/62941_img00835-20110401-2151.jpg

Ok here is the image from last night....any comments, concerns, etc will be greatly appreciated tongue

post #10 of 16

The egg is a bit porous (see the blotchiness?), but looks like the yolk is darkening and is probably developing. Porous eggs can hatch, but they also can lose humidity too fast.

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

Blue Roo Creations on Facebook for Handmade Quilts and News from Ladyhawk & Cynthia!

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen
 

 

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~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

Blue Roo Creations on Facebook for Handmade Quilts and News from Ladyhawk & Cynthia!

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen
 

 

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