Building a Candling Mechanism?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ContessaKris, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. ContessaKris

    ContessaKris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wanting to build something so I can candle my incubating eggs. I saw on the how tos page they showed a can light. I don't have one of those. Is there another way, something from around the house I can use? Can I just hold it up to a flashlight or something? Any suggestions on what to use would be helpful. Thanks.
     
  2. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lemme tell ya what I did.. I bought a LED flashlight with like 20 little bulbs in it. (LED is cool light). Then I got one of those foam beer can cooler things. Know what I am talking about? I cut a larger hole in the bottom of it to place the egg on. I turn out the lights, turn on the flashlight and hold it inside the beer can cooler and place the egg on the hole I cut in the bottom. lol... necessity is the mother of invention.
     
  3. florasbell

    florasbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes you can just hold a bright flash light up to the egg depening on the egg colour white -see lots
    deep dark brown -nothing it very simple to candle as long as you have a dark room and a light a little smaller then the egg i use a flash light or a spot light with a piece of card over with a whole cut out in the old days they actully used candles
     
  4. GoodLuckCharlie!

    GoodLuckCharlie! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did something similar [​IMG]. I took a regular little table light stand from the living room, a trader joe coffee can-cut a hole through the bottom of the can, took the lightbulb out, put the can over the light bulb area and replaced the bulb to hold the can in place. Then I took a peice of cardboard and tape it to the top of the can where the lid would go, and cut a hole in the middle just big enough to lay an egg on it without slipping through, and found a peice of cloth to put around the hole so it blocked any light coming through except through the egg. It worked really well and afterwards I just returned the light back to the desk. At first I used the coffee can lid but it was plastic and started to melt from the heat of the bulb...guess I better get it out again, just set eggs to hatch again [​IMG]
     
  5. judial8907

    judial8907 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just use a LED flashlite and make a circle shaped cup with my fingers. It works well and I can see everything. I have seen some videos on youtube using a small table like lamp, a wet paper towel and a terracotta pot with a hole in the bottom. Looked cool and worked but for me it is gonna stay the LED maglite [​IMG]
     
  6. ContessaKris

    ContessaKris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I was worried about the heat from a lamp as well. An LED light makes sense. I'll have to look around and see if I have an LED flashlight. No beer cozie though. Good ideas everyone.
     

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