Pictures Of Candling Chicken Eggs

Pictures of candling eggs!
By BYC Support · Jan 10, 2012 · Updated May 1, 2012 · ·
  1. BYC Support
    Candling Eggs 2
    Here are the eggs I'm candling:

    I've had the eggs since 5/4/05. We're not sure how old they were when they arrived, but we were told that they wouldn't really start developing until a hen was sitting on them which was two days ago.

    Here is how I'm candling the eggs: I take my super high powered LED flashlight and cup my hand to make a tunnel for the light to pass through. I put the flashlight against one side and the egg against the other. It is quick and easy. Below is Alana showing me where the egg is suppose to be:

    I've never done this before so I wanted to candle a store bought egg to use as my egg candling benchmark.

    Store Bought Egg

    One of my fertilized eggs (a few days old)

    Here Is my Egg Log. Remember, I'm not exactly sure how old these eggs are, so I'm going to say that Thursday, 5/4 is Day 1 (the first day she was on the eggs all day).

    DAY 1

    DAY 2

    DAY 3

    My camera started to have a very hard time focusing on the eggs after day 3 so all the pictures came out too fuzzy to post. If / when we ever do this again I'll be sure to use a better camera and take some better pictures

    Today is Mother's Day! What a great day to candle eggs and see if my hen is going to be a mother. I candled all of the 7 eggs. The three big eggs seem to all have well formed webs of veins. The 4 smaller eggs didn't seem as developed, but all of them had what looked like developing chicks. We actually saw a tiny little beating heart in one of the large eggs. I tried to take a video, but it didn't really come out very well. I've been reading that some people don't like to handle the eggs too much, so I'm not sure if I'll continue to candle every day. Curiosity may get the best of me though.

    You may want to visit our homemade incubators section or ask questions about incubating your eggs in our Incubating & Hatching Eggs Forum Section.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Anonymous
    "Not Enough Pictures"
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Aug 6, 2018
    I was hoping to see an entire series of photos showing a developing embryo through the whole process...kind of a let down to not get that.
  2. ronott1
    "Start of an aritcle"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 26, 2018
    More details and pictures by day would make the article better
  3. 007Sean
    "Candling Eggs"
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Jul 20, 2018
    Not very informative. Should not try to show/tell anyone without documentation. And better written instructions for handling eggs.
    This is why I gave it a 1 star rating.


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  1. eliseswart
    I'm sorry film does not work, July 2014
  2. penella22
    :( The youtube video no longer works...
  3. GulfStar
    good info
  4. waititout
    Wow! I had no idea you could see it that well! Thank you so much for posting!
  5. VickiSundin
    That was amazing!
  6. chic-a-deee
    Well my eggs arent moving...or showing any signs of life..
    I took them out from under the hen....she kept killing them. And stupid me had the lamp up too high
    at about 42C & I think I fried the little angels :(
    It wasnt up high for long.....its around 37C that it should be. But still, no signs of life or movement. I will
    try again with some more fertilized eggs ^^
  7. superchiken123
  8. funnmomm
    way cool very helpful
  9. LearningTable
  10. JasminesCrown
    do you have more pics?
  11. JasminesCrown
    i hope my eggs are fertle!
  12. JasminesCrown
    I tried it on my Rhode Island Red eggs,but their not fertile :(
  13. JasminesCrown!
  14. GreenGirlGrammy
    Do you have to be in a totally dark room? The light does not seem to shine throgh my eggs.
  15. hennyandpenny
    day three on my eggs looks like day 1 on your eggs
  16. jandrusrn
    Just freaking out..... candled my wee things a few minutes ago and saw what can only be summed up as... well, maybe something? I'm so stinking eggcited.
  17. chicktalk1
    Love it! I have 7 eggs in an incubator right now,due to hatch this weekend.When I checked them all seven had live chicks!
    Keep your fingers crossed!!!
  18. LuvinChickens
    This is so cool! I love the video. :D
  19. linda2012
    That is amazing! I tried to look at some eggs this morning and unfortunately none of them were fertile. I was very disappointed
  20. squirrel99
    that is SO cool
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