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Candling Chinese painted quail eggs.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quail kid, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. quail kid

    quail kid Songster

    Mar 15, 2009

    Could someone post a pic of a fertile chinese painted quail egg?
    I know most dont candle but could someone please.
    I have 20 eggs in my incubator and im scared if some explode if they are bad.


    Quail kid

  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    It's very hard to candle button quail eggs let alone take a picture of it.

    I have never heard of a button quail egg exploding normally they just dry out. I dont even bother candling them anymore because if they arent going to hatch they just dont and never had a stinky either [​IMG]

    edited because obviously i cant type today [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2009
  3. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    With the dark shell that is green lined it is too hard.
    I have not had any go stinky they just dry up
    Best of luck with your hatch!
  4. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Songster

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    last bator run for the Coturnix I had 2 go stinky on me [​IMG]
    didnt realize they were cracked, well let me tell you after afew days in there I was looking around for that "smell" yucky.
    went around sniffing 2 other bators before I found the bad ones [​IMG]
    edited out the goofy spelling.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2009
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Crowing

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    You can candle them, but it's a hit and miss. Some have thinner shells and you can see veining in some. I usually candle a few after a few days to look for veining just for fun. Then I do a "final candle" when I move them to the hatcher. Clears get tossed, blacks get put into the hatcher. The clears, even at day 13 or 14 are not stinky, even when you open them. I had one that had a crack in it, didn't see the crack. Even that one didn't stink, it just dehydrated and then split open into a dry egg.
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Quote:ooh yeah coturnix eggs can be STINKAH LOL
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I don't believe that I have ever seen veins in a button egg. However, you can candle them and check for the 'line' between the air cell and the rest of the egg. Usually if the rest of the egg is dark, like you can see a definite difference between the air cell and the rest of it, that means it is developing. You just have to wait till hatch day to see if it developed all the way.

    I have also never had a button egg blow-up on me. I haven't even had a coturnix egg blow, except once when the hatch was over and I was getting the bad eggs out of the bator. I went to pick one up and it popped! [​IMG] First time ever to have an egg blow on me, thank goodness it wasn't a duck or goose egg! [​IMG]

  8. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I've only had luck candling down the air cell and seeing along the edges of it. Occasionally I've seen some veins there. Usually I just see how full the egg is so I don't generally bother candling until I go to stop turning them. Then I put the full eggs in the hatcher and toss the clear eggs. Anything that looks in between goes in the hatcher. I've never had a bad button egg. Even the clears and so forth that I've broken open to see what was up. I did have 1 rotten coturnix egg. I don't know what the difference is but button eggs don't seem to go rotten very often. I doubt you'd ever get one to explode unless it was an old egg that hadn't been stored properly before you put it in the bator.

    There's no way I could get a pic of it. It's quite hard to get a clear pic of a thin shelled chicken egg being candled. Quail eggs would be impossible without a much more expensive camera and much fancier candler than I have.

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