Candling Danger Studies

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by enggass, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know why people candle their eggs.
    My question is, have there ever been any studies done to determine whether or not candling can cause any harm to a developing embryo?
    Shock of some sort perhaps? I know that my intent is to blast a 240 Lumens light into mine to see where I'm at... The question is should I???
    Thoughts?
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I think that the minute amount of time we are shining that light in there is not nearly enough time to do any damage.
     
  3. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    kfchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow, I use a 35 lumen mini maglite and i can see very clearly, i would like to know how yours works [​IMG]
     
  5. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I know it seems like overkill, but I am going to need something to see inside some nice Marans & Wellie eggs. I know your standard light will have trouble penetrating these.
    For standard eggs I would not have gone so high.

    ETA: The good thing is that it can be set at different levels-
    The REDLINE has 5 lighting modes, 100% white light (220 lumens), 50% white light (110 lumens), 10% white light (22 lumens), S.O.S. mode (220 lumens), or emergency strobe mode (220 lumens).
     
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  6. kfchickenlady

    kfchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ah, I see. Well, good luck candling and I am going to bookmark the amazon page, that flashlight would be great to have!
     
  7. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think many of the more powerful LEDs out there come with different settings, however many are more expensive when you get into the 'high lumens'. This one seemed to have a good combo of features/price. I will follow up here with some feedback after I get it next week... (I just ordered it tonight [​IMG])
     
  8. gitlost80

    gitlost80 Trigger Pullet

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    I use a 120 lumen Colemen light everytime I candle. They seem fine when they hatch. My hatch rates are really high too. I dont spend a bunch of time on each egg so I dont think it hurts. I think Its worth the risk to make sure there are no potential "exploding" bacteria bombs in your Bator.[​IMG] .I have darker eggs.
     
  9. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    I use a 60 lumen Black and Decker LED light. I really like it.
     
  10. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    For embryos that are already borderline viable I would suspect it's more the handling rather than the candling that would endanger them. I often have to remind my kids to handle the eggs gently while we're candling.

    Unless you're candling every other day I would not think the brief light exposure would injure them.
     

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