1st incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Unexpected chicken lover, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Unexpected chicken lover

    Unexpected chicken lover Crowing

    1,027
    1,806
    287
    Mar 9, 2018
    Arkansas
    So nervous...and i have olive eggers n marans un there...tips on candling??
     
    RodNTN likes this.
  2. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    7,061
    9,510
    587
    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
    I have only hatched once, so I don't know a whole lot :oops: :p I wouldn't suggest candling every single day, it can be rough on the embryo. I candled on day 7, 12, 14, and on lockdown (day 18). Toss any dead embryos, if you don't they can rot and possibly explode, contaminating the other eggs.

    You can find any kind of light around the house to candle, I just used the flashlight on my phone. I candled at night so it was really dark.

    Keep us posted!! :jumpy :pop
     
  3. Unexpected chicken lover

    Unexpected chicken lover Crowing

    1,027
    1,806
    287
    Mar 9, 2018
    Arkansas
    Thank u so much i feel kinda dumb since its my first time and i got superdark eggs :(
     
    RodNTN likes this.
  4. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    7,061
    9,510
    587
    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
    Oh, don't feel like that! I have kept chickens for 5 years and am still asking questions all of the time!

    Dark eggs are very difficult to candle, you might need to get a very small but very BRIGHT light in order to candle them.
     
  5. Unexpected chicken lover

    Unexpected chicken lover Crowing

    1,027
    1,806
    287
    Mar 9, 2018
    Arkansas
    May i ask if u candle as early as day 4? Im lost n scared lol
     
    RodNTN likes this.
  6. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    7,061
    9,510
    587
    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
    You certainly can candle this early, but I would ease up on the candling until day 7.

    If they are growing correctly on day 4, they should look like this:
    day four.png
     
  7. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    7,061
    9,510
    587
    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
    Let me know how they're growing! :ya
     
  8. Unexpected chicken lover

    Unexpected chicken lover Crowing

    1,027
    1,806
    287
    Mar 9, 2018
    Arkansas
    Thank you...but i shall try to refrain from candling til day 7
     
    RodNTN likes this.
  9. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    7,061
    9,510
    587
    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
    You're welcome! Haha, okay! ;)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: