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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChuckenGirl, May 17, 2008.
do you need to candle eggs is the hen is sitting on them
is a regular falshlight ok?
Well, usually the hen will kick out any bad eggs, as she knows which are good and which aren't (Kinda makes you wonder what they must be thinking when their sitting on things like golf balls )
You need a VERY dark place to candle... and I don't know how well a reg. flashlight will work...especially in the later stages.
Candling is only required by those of us who are impatient and want to know if eggs are going to hatch or not...
Personally, I would leave the hen alone, and don't start worrying until day 23 or so. However, I would check every now and again to make sure that she isn't pooping in the nest and getting the eggs dirty. I've had to clean off eggs because the hen didn't get off the nest regularly.
A strong flashlight will work on lighter eggs - use a toilet paper roll and a flashlight in a really dark room, and settle the large end of the egg on the roll. Don't turn the egg end over end... just gently roll it so you don't disturb the veins and embryo.
Hope your broody is a mama soon!