I candled my eggs today. We are on day 4 and I am amazed at the beautiful little embryos and clear vasculature I could see in so many of them! This was the only picture I got that turned out. Anyway, my reason for posting is I have a couple of questions. You can read my entire candling experience on my blog (link in my signature). 1 of the eggs had 2 cracks in the egg that were not visible until I candled it. It looked clear and I removed this one from the incubator. 2 had what I considered to be very distinct blood rings (based on photos I found on the internet- this is my first actual experience with this) and I saw no embryo or vasculature. I also removed these 2 from the incubator. I wanted to reconcile what I was seeing by candling with what was actually in the egg so I opened the 3 "bad eggs". I tried to get photos, but I couldn't get the camera to focus at all on what I was seeing. The egg with the cracks that looked clear to me had a nice little embryo and lots of good blood vessels. If the cracks hadn't been there, it would have likely been a lovely little chicken! The 2 with the "blood rings" made me a little bit sad. Both of them, when opened, looked healthy and viable! The blood rings were actually a circle of blood vessels and in the center of it was heavy vasculature and an embryo. All I could see when I candled them was the ring. It was a dark, heavy line of red and no other blood vessels were visible. Has anyone else seen what looked like a blood ring that wasn't blood, but blood vessels? Next time, should I wait to candle these blood ring eggs again in a day or 2? I feel like I just killed 2 chicks that I shouldn't have... they were probably hens, too. Grrrrr!