candling blue eggs, can't manage to throw them out!! Help!

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

  1. dehave

    dehave In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2008
    Some people say it is hard to candle blue eggs. What does it look like? It seems like I can see lots of light coming through the eggs, but is it possible that the thick blue egg shell is masking the veining? One of 6 duck eggs is alive and kicking, so obviously healthy. The other five glow with shadows, but they are from different ducks. The shells seem thicker.

    It's day 12, and I can't bring myself to throw them out. What if I'm wrong!!!!
  2. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I leave all I am uncertain about. If they are not weeping and you don't jostle them around,they should be o.k.
  3. I agree, leave them. It seems like a waste not to wait the extra week. Unless you suspect them I'd leave them, it's worth the risk for blue eggers!
  4. dehave

    dehave In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2008
    I just wanted to bump this back up. What I really want to know is when you candle a blue egg and aren't sure if it's good, what does it look like (assuming that it later hatches) Do you see shadows or what? Can you see the light coming through but just not see the veins?
  5. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    I can see in my blue eggs once you get to about day 14, so I dont know.
  6. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    It could look like anything. It will depend on the the shade of blue, the thickness of the egg, the placement of the embryo. No one will really be able to give you the 'correct' answer. You may sometimes see a shadow, a lump, some veins. Every egg may be different. Bottom line is the unless you smell something bad or see something coming from it, leave it alone. It will not hurt anything to leave an egg in the incubator that is not going to hatch. Better safe than sorry. I hoping your shadows are babies.
  7. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    I was convinced for the longest time that my blue egg was no good- I never could see any veining, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt, and my chick is ten days old now. [​IMG]

    I think the blue hides veining very well, hang in there and maybe at the next candling you will see your shadows dancing.
    Good luck.
  8. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I've got a greenish/blue egg that I cannot see inside of AT ALL. I mean the shell has got to be really thick or it's just the color throwing me off, but I've got a nice dark brown egg that I can see right threw.... just not that EE egg. [​IMG]

    I'm crossing my fingers and keeping it.
  9. Nebbo

    Nebbo In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2007
    Kingston, WA
    Quote:I'm in the same boat. I have some "green" eggs that I'm trying to candle with flashlights and 100 watt bulbs and I can't even see through them! I'm getting the feeling that I should just put them back under the hen. Problem is, she has four babies now and isn't really interested in sitting all the time anymore. I don't have an incubator, and I don't know if some of these eggs are duds or near to hatching!

    Last edited: Jun 8, 2008
  10. angelmarie

    angelmarie Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    i had the same problem with my chickens blue eggs. If you can see completely through them with no dark inside throw them out, but if there's some shadowing don't take the risk keep em'. it can't hurt right?

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