2015 HALLOWEEN Hatch-a-Long, Join us IF YOU DARE!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Sally Sunshine, Sep 15, 2015.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

    14,366
    2,264
    378
    Jan 13, 2015
    Upstate South Carolina
    [​IMG]
    I just finished my last hatch of the season, so I will have to live vicariously through you guys [​IMG]
     
  2. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    6,999
    2,210
    336
    Mar 16, 2014
    SE Michigan
    Unless your eggs are dark green or dark brown, most cell phone LEDs are bright enough to help.

    Either wait until dark, or find a room or closet you can darken completely.

    Hold the egg with the large end, which contains the air cell, up. This isn't mandatory, but it makes it easier to hold the light and see what is going on inside the egg.

    Turn the flashlight on, and darken the room. Hold the light right to the air cell at the top of the egg. If light shines out around it, you may want to find a little o-ring or something to seal up the gap.

    As early as 3 days, but certainly by 10 days, you should be able to see blood vessels and a developing embryo. Starting at 10-14 days, movement will be clearly visible. By day 18 for chickens, the egg should look nearly full other than the air cell, and the air cell should be a lot bigger than it was when you started incubating.

    If you incubate a lot, you will probably want to build a one-hand candler with a can or box and lightbulb or flashlight and cushion.
     
    2 people like this.
  3. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

    14,366
    2,264
    378
    Jan 13, 2015
    Upstate South Carolina
    [​IMG]
     
  4. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Chillin' With My Peeps

    5,486
    44
    246
    Feb 10, 2013
    yo momma
    Thanks a lot!
     
  5. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Chillin' With My Peeps

    5,486
    44
    246
    Feb 10, 2013
    yo momma
    Today is the 4th day of incubation.
     
  6. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

    14,366
    2,264
    378
    Jan 13, 2015
    Upstate South Carolina
    You can see some development that early, but my favorite time to candle is from day 7 to10. That is when you will see the most vessels and activity, before it starts turning into more of a shadow
     
    2 people like this.
  7. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

    37,169
    24,708
    806
    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, California
    My Coop
    This is what to look for:

    [​IMG]
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    56,378
    6,827
    646
    Aug 23, 2012
    Pennsylvania
    My Coop
    Its great for marking air cells, I only mark at lockdown anymore but its sure to be an extra hand..... yea yea SC I know <> ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  9. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

    14,366
    2,264
    378
    Jan 13, 2015
    Upstate South Carolina
    I can't smack you on your own thread :gig
     
  10. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    56,378
    6,827
    646
    Aug 23, 2012
    Pennsylvania
    My Coop
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by