Any advice for candling darker shelled eggs? Green and brown eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by babylady4, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. babylady4

    babylady4 Mother Goose

    Mar 30, 2009
    Central WI
    I have a few Ameraucanas and some darker shelled brown eggs that I an incubating (not Marans). Any suggestins on how to see if they are viable or not? Saturday the 18th will be day 7, so I am hoping I will be able to tell who is good and who is not at that point. I don't want to leave them in and run the risk of having eggs explode in the 'bator, but I also want to give them a chance if they are fertile. My avitar pic is what I have cooking right now.

    Thanks much!

  2. HarmonyChicks

    HarmonyChicks New Egg

    May 13, 2008
    Harmony, Maine
    Had the same problem with my Barred Rock eggs. The solution is two-fold. First, be sure to use a pen light specifically for candleing eggs as brightness is critical. I'm using a G.O.F. Mfg Co, Savannah, GA 31402 around $10 bucks. Secondly, do it in the dark!! Following this method, even my darkest eggs were visible around day 8. Be sure to gently move the egg around over light until you see the tell-tale signs of fertility. It sure is fun!! and good luck!!
  3. Cason

    Cason Chillin' With My Peeps

    Would that light be appx the same as a 100 watt light bulb? I'm trying to candle some turkey eggs.
  4. babylady4

    babylady4 Mother Goose

    Mar 30, 2009
    Central WI
    I used my mini mag light last night in a completely darkened room; the green/blue eggs had the appearance of a dim moon. I was also wondering how to photograph the developing embryos when I am candling the eggs (I have many people online watching this amazing progress).

  5. berkeleysprings

    berkeleysprings Chillin' With My Peeps

    i havent incubated that many eggs and i dont pay atention to that candleing to much but bev davis said just look to day 7 for the air pocket
    because the geggs were so round i couldent tell what end up . ive never had a egg explode so i just incubate all i put in . even the dud eggs never smelled bad. i like the broody hen thing because the waiting and worry is a killer and a pain . i got a batch of darkies due any hour now
    (wheaten marans)
    candleing dark dark eggs is like doing drywall
  6. mountainvieworchards

    mountainvieworchards Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Corvallis, Oregon
    I have black copper marans eggs and they are tougher than the lighter shells for sure. I use a very cheap led flashlight about 3 to 4 inches long, very bright and cool too. I then make a tube out of black construction paper (half a piece rolled up to the diameter of the light on one end and about the size of a nickle on the other end. I slip the flashlight into the tube halfway put masking tape around the tube so it is firmly in place.

    I turn all the lights out and do it at night. Sometimes you have to wrap your finger around the contact with the egg and cone to block out the light.

    I don't see a lot of detail but In can easily pull out yolkers and see aircells.

    Price tag $2 to $5 and no cord.

    I have made similar paper cones for my old kodak carosel slide projector. But I like the little flashlight better.

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