Candle blood ring

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pitchfork, May 12, 2009.

  1. Pitchfork

    Pitchfork Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2008
    I am new to this and have just candled for the first time. 8 eggs on day 10 and I might as well be looking at a test pattern on the T.V. I see some shadows, I think, in most of the eggs. But one shows what the pictures refer to as a blood ring. It is a definite black ring around the center of the egg. Should I throw it out, will it go nuclear on me if I leave it in there?
    Buff Orp eggs not too dark from my own young hens and rooster. Using a Streamlight XP and a paper cup with masking tape to focus the beam. I never did see anything that looked like veining in any of the eggs. Most appeared to have a black area and I could see the air pocket at the large end of the eggs. Not much else. Whatdaya think?
  2. Dirt Road

    Dirt Road Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Southern Idaho
    I'd suggest leaving them for another 4 or 5 days, and see if they change. You've probably got the blood ring pegged right, but I doubt it would blow up in a few more days. Might be worth while to invest in a better candling light. Some of them aren't too expensive. Good luck.

  3. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    SouthWestern Ohio
    yeah.. the ones I thought were blood rings, werent. Now they have little chickies moving all around in them (day 17)
  4. melissa508

    melissa508 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    one of ym swan eggs had a blood ring & i almost tossed it..good thing i didnt becuase it developed & hatched just fine
  5. Pitchfork

    Pitchfork Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2008
    Thanks much for the replies, I will leave everything as is for a few more days. Dirt Road, I have read a little on the forum about Candling lights, did you mean one specific to the task or just a better set up. I don't know if you are familiar with Streamlights but I worked, until a few years ago, a night shift as a "Line Maintenance Technician" for a major airline. That is, I worked on the flight line, working on and inspecting the aircraft as they transited through the hub on their schedules. I was the guy that the pilot tells you is "working on the problem" Ha! Anyway I have tried every flashlight out there I think and those that I didn't try my fellow workers tried and by the time I left nearly everyone was using Streamlights because they were easily twice as bright, as for instance, a three cell Mag.
    So I know I have the brightness, but perhaps I don't have the focus down correctly. This is why I ask. What I have is a plastic drink cup wrapped with painters tape so that no light excapes with a hole cut in the bottom and the painters taped extending over the bottom to form a cone upon which I can place the egg. Does that make sense? Would I be better off to use a different set up? I have read others say they just shine a light through the egg while it is in their hand, so I don't know.
    Lot to learn so thanks again for the help.
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I find it's easier for me if I candle with the big end, where the air cell is, to the light.

    Good luck! [​IMG]

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