Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by swiftfoot, May 13, 2008.

  1. swiftfoot

    swiftfoot Songster

    Dec 23, 2007
    Blountville , TN
    i tried making a homemade candler but it doesnt function like i would like it to
    i was wondering what type of candler you guys use and the pros and cons about it aslo add what kind of eggs you are candling
  2. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    I'll tell you how I made mine, and I love it. I had a regular light bulb base, you'll need one that sets flat, something like you would mount to a wall. Can get it at any hardware store. Then I took a 3lb metal coffee can, and put my light base in there, with a 75 watt bulb. (Make sure your light base is small enough to fit in your can!). Then, I cut a small slit in the plastic lid of the can for the cord to come out of. I cut a double thickness of black construction paper and taped it to the inside of the clear plastic lid. Now I cut a small hole in the center of the lid for the egg. I then took black electrical tape and covered the whole lid and top of can with it, except for the hole. Place egg, turn on light and your good to go.

    I candle white eggs, brown eggs and EE eggs. The EEs are the toughest to see, but once you get to day 10 or so you can see them just fine.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Thanks for sharing that, yotetrapper! [​IMG]

    We are raising EE's and even our big MagLite doesn't help much so I'm gonna borrow your idea. I like that it keeps both hands free as I'm always afraid I'm gonna drop an egg while trying to candle them.

  4. swiftfoot

    swiftfoot Songster

    Dec 23, 2007
    Blountville , TN
    thanks ill look into that
  5. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    [​IMG] My husband bought me a small LED flashlight, I go in the pantry, shut the door, turn out the light, and .....the show begins!
    It works really well for me.

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