Candling eggs help!

nieceharr

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jun 25, 2008
67
1
39
Connecticut
Hi,

We have our first broody hen and are very excited. We just moved her into a new, protected brooder box that is on the ground tonight. We also candled the eggs, which are 5 days old.

We didn't see anything with 7 of these eggs. We could not see through our EE egg (green - too dark?).

My question is - we used a small LED flashlight. Is it possible that it was not strong enough? It looked like NOTHING was there - not even a unfertle yolk.
Could she be sitting on 8 unfertilized eggs?

We have 8 hens and 1 roo - should be a good set up for fertile eggs, right? He sure is working on that!
 

sonew123

Poultry Snuggie
11 Years
Mar 16, 2009
25,016
101
421
onchiota NY
I could see 1-2 not being fertile-maybe?? but I bet your light was not nearly bright enough--Id look for a much stronger one and wait a few more days to look-I bet you see some veining and movement then..good luck~
 

killer

Songster
10 Years
Mar 1, 2009
337
1
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philadelphia,mississippi
if they are unfertilized eggs they will glow like a night light. you should be ok with one roo as long as his is do his thing. wait for a few more days and look again. at day 10 is when i deciede to get rid of them and put news ones in place.
 

bantyhen'sfriend

Songster
10 Years
Mar 22, 2009
233
9
121
Southern Wisconsin
Candling can be hard, especially so early. I always wait a bit longer, like day 9-12 to candle and cull infertile eggs, so there is no way I can miss anything. Use a stronger light and wait a bit, then try again. If you're unsure, and you can get good pics and you could try to post them and see what others think (although this may be tricky).
 

Dirt Road

Songster
11 Years
Nov 9, 2008
295
3
121
Southern Idaho
Give them some more time. After several more days, compare a newly laid egg to the ones being incubated, (candle both). Do your candling where it is dark, even if you have to wait till night. That will help with the small light problem.

Jim
 

cjeanean

Can't Decide
11 Years
Mar 5, 2008
2,643
12
201
Missouri
I candle every day!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Yeah, I'm impatient....

I STOLE hubby's maglight and put it on the concentrated beam.....Day 18 is wednesday and I almost can't see through them anymore, but it works!!!
 

nieceharr

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jun 25, 2008
67
1
39
Connecticut
Thank you! We will get a better flashlight, wait a few more days and do it when it is completely dark (it wasn't totally dark when we did it).

Keeping my fingers crossed!
 

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