candling day 4

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  1. sherriwv

    sherriwv Out Of The Brooder

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    I think I have 7 for sure developing and another 5 in question! Started off with 22 eggs and 2 showing hairline cracks. Since this is my first time I am questioning the maybes, one of them looks like something dark is floating around but see no veining. Also I seen a small blood line in one so who knows what all I have going on! Second guessing myself. Pretty excited though after seeing some veining.
     
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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Candling on Day 4 is really risky. Not all eggs develop in exactly the same way. Some shells are a lot harder to see inside than others. I never candle until Day 7 and with some of my eggs, especially the green ones, it’s still hard to see inside.

    Candling is a lot of fun, pure excitement, but patience is your best friend.
     
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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I agree with RR. Hi. My name is Lazy gardener, and I'm a candling addict! I just love to see the miracle of life unfolding inside those eggs. So, I'll candle a few at day 4, and often will candle at least an egg/day when I open the bator to turn those eggs. Mama hen gets off the clutch on a regular basis for her eat and dump, so I don't think there's any harm done by sneaking an egg out. Any eggs after day 7 that are ?able, get marked with a big ? mark. I always err on the side of caution before removing any eggs. Just be super careful, and cradle those eggs well, as I think (IMO) those vascular systems are pretty delicate. Days 10 - 14 are the best. What an incredible sight to witness a chick dancing around in the shadows of the egg.
     
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  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, while it is soooo attractive to candle, it is really much safer for the eggs and developing chicks to handle the eggs only as nesscessary. Also, day 4 is too early to be reliable - which means you will have to candle again at around day 10. I don't know how many times I have read of people dropping eggs (usually onto another egg, damaging them both) and killing developing embryos, much to their guilt and despair.
     
  5. sherriwv

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    All these eggs were shipped and I have read that the hatch rate isn't good. Planning on candling again on day 10 so keeping my fingers crossed!
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I found my twin!!!!! [​IMG] I too am a candling addict. Once a day, especially after day 7, I will check 3/4 of the eggs (different ones each night) for progress and to monitor the air cells. Days 7/14/18 I candle all of them and mark my air cells. I also mark any questionable ones with a ? and I usually try to put them all in the same area of the bator/egg turner.
    Of course I take all the precautions, hand washing, gentle touch. Love seeing the progression.
     
  7. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    sherriwv - is the wv for West Virginia? I'm in WV! Good luck to you!
     
  8. sherriwv

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    yes..West Virginia..
     
  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I'm so good that if the bator is not too full, I can candle where they lay without even picking them up!
     
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  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    LOL
     

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