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Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Sally Sunshine, Sep 15, 2015.
I just finished my last hatch of the season, so I will have to live vicariously through you guys
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.
Thanks a lot!
Today is the 4th day of incubation.
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
This is what to look for:
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 <>
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