Candleing question for brown eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by REPO, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. REPO

    REPO In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2009
    We are looking at trying our hand at hatching our own eggs. First time ever for us. I understand the candleing of eggs, but what do you do with the brown ones? From what I have read, you cannot candle brown eggs. Do you just put them in the incubator and hope for the best? What about the blue/green eggs from an americuna? Can they be candled?
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    I have found all eggs can be candled with a good focused candling light, except the very dark eggs (i.e. Marans).

    For white eggs, you can candle around 5-7 days easily.
    Brown/green/blue eggs - 10 days is better to be sure what you're seeing.
  3. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    You can candle brown eggs. You can see enough to let you know the egg is alive. It may be more diificult in the early days to discern the embryo but at about 10 days & 14 days, you will be able to see the veins and the embryo even in a brown egg. It is unmistakeable.

    The thing I would caution you about is tossing an egg that you are not sure about-- always leave that one.

    Also, get a candler. This Cool-Lite Tester for only $17.50 is the one I use. I don't even have to pick the egg up. I simply put the light on top of the egg sitting in the egg holder (they're sitting large end / air cell UP-- put the light there.)

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    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  4. needtohatch

    needtohatch Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    Hart Co
    I have brown RIR eggs in now and had never candled before this in my life. I did have to wait till day 10 to be able to see anything, and on day 15 I still have one that I am just not sure of. I am leaving it till it either hatches, stinks or day 25 what ever comes first.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I am able to successfully candle even Welsummer eggs with my slide projector candler. Best thing in the world for really dark eggs.
  6. agentzoey

    agentzoey In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Quote:I'm very interested to hear about your slide projector candler...

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