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Candling at Day 3....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MountainChickenMama, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. MountainChickenMama

    MountainChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am almost at 3 days in the incubator and all I can see when I candle is a dark blob at the "fat" end of the egg....Most of the pictures I have looked at seem as though they already have veins at day 3....Are my eggs gonner's????
     
  2. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely not! Give them till day 7 then try again. I NEVER candle before day 6 myself, it's just too hard to tell that early...
     
  3. pkw

    pkw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At day 3 I can see the beginning of veining but usually nothing more (besides the yolk and air sac). I normally don't candle at day 3 unless I overcrowd the incubator. Maybe someone with more knowledge will reply. Did you look at the pictures at the beginning of this thread?
     
  4. tornado8070

    tornado8070 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It can be hard to tell that early, unless you have done it alot. I would support prior advice as to wait at least till day 7 or even 10.
     
  5. MountainChickenMama

    MountainChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you help me learn about where to look for the air sac and what it looks like?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The air cell is at the top (fat end) of the egg. It's starts as a dime-like circle that gets larger as the chick develops.

    In this pic of a Day 16 egg, the empty space on the left at the top of the egg is the air cell.

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  7. MountainChickenMama

    MountainChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you speckledhen, what would it look like on Day 3? I am going to try to post a picture of my candling today, could you give me your opinion please?
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It would be very small. Honestly, you should not be candling at Day 3. The vein network is very delicate at that stage and you could harm the embryo. I never candle that early and I've been doing it for years. Wait until at least Day 6 and you'll be more sure of what you're seeing.
     
  9. MountainChickenMama

    MountainChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok here is the image from last night....any comments, concerns, etc will be greatly appreciated [​IMG]
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The egg is a bit porous (see the blotchiness?), but looks like the yolk is darkening and is probably developing. Porous eggs can hatch, but they also can lose humidity too fast.
     

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