Best candler for dark eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Clay In Iowa, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having a really, really hard time with candling Marans eggs.

    Any Ideas......
     
  2. illinichick

    illinichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd like to know this also. I got and incubator for Christmas and want to start hatching soon. I have 3-4 Marans that have the dark brown eggs.
     
  3. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
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    I had to take the brown eggs into my bathroom, shut off all the lights and use a bright flashlight...........and sometimes that was a guess.

    Dark choc eggs..good luck. Hope someone else has some good ideas
     
  4. Rooster Ray

    Rooster Ray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been using a $4.00 Walmart LED flashlight with good results but I don't think my eggs are as dark as yours.[​IMG]
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've been hatching my Marans and Welsummer eggs for several years, and I gave up a long time ago trying to see anything other than checking on the air cell size.
     
  6. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
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    I was going to post with this exact question!! I have a real egg candler and I can't see a thing. I can see a little bit of an air pocket, but that is all.
    Is that a good sign?

    I can't see through this:[​IMG]
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  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    L&Schickens - You probably never will be able to see through that either! LOL! I hatched some Welsummer eggs that were that dark last July and it didn't matter what system I used or how bright the flashlight was. I never could see anything other than the air cell, as stated by Katy. Those dk. brown eggs are just a hopeless cause when it comes to candling. [​IMG]
     
  8. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmmm well crud I was hoping someone had a magic candler that could see inside those really dark eggs.

    Now i get to worry about rotten eggs and an explosion of not so tasty eggy badness in my bator.
     
  9. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Relax! Just use your nose. If there is a rotten egg in the bator then you should be able to smell it well before it explodes! [​IMG]
     
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  10. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'll have my wife sniff them out. I could sleep with a skunk on my head and not know it. [​IMG]
     

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