Can you candle Marans eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by McGoo, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I'm planning to candle my eggs on day 7 - right? And is it possible to candle Marans eggs? They are pretty dark red/brown.
  2. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Yes, it's possible to candle *any* egg! [​IMG]
  3. You need a pretty powerful light. I have marans in one of the bators now and I really had a hard time seeing. I really need a surefire but the one I have is pretty good.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It is harder to see anything with Marans eggs and I usually don't even try until day 10. Even then it's really hard to see if they're good dark eggs. I mainly just candle to check on aircell growth.
  5. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    I can't candle those darn things. [​IMG] I also just check on air cells. By the time day 17/18 rolls around I have a pretty good guess which ones are clear, but I still leave them in the 'bator for fear that I am just not seeing what I think I'm seeing through those dark shells!
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:I'm exactly the same way......they all go in the hatcher....just in case!!

    CHICKENHEAD Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    I have a surefire 110 lumen, you can candle up to about day 11 and then it all turns black except for the air cell.
  8. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Thanks for the help. I don't have a 'surefire'. I was going to use a flashlight set-up. I've got a super powerful flashlight and I was going to put a piece of black paper over it and only let the light pass thru a small opening. Isn't that the idea? [​IMG] Newbie
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    that will work McGoo
  10. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I can't even see the air sac in mine. Guess I should be happy that they're so dark.

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