candling eggs that have been under a Broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenlisa, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

    Apr 9, 2007
    I went out tonight with my daughter to see if we could see anything growing in the eggs under my 1 broody hen Sumi. She's a little Sumatra hen setting on 9 banty eggs...but I'm not sure I saw anything in any of them. They are a bit dirty from her...they're on day 8 as of tonight, I did see aircells, but not the veiny detail and dark eyespot like the ones that Ive had in my incubators...
    What experiences have you all had with candling Broody hen's eggs? These eggs are from a local breeder of frizzled cochins...I so want some/all of them to hatch! I'll have to email him and ask him if they are or have been fertile that he knows of...

  2. lost

    lost Songster

    May 10, 2008
    If you go to the home page amd search candling eggs you can find each day
  3. CindyS

    CindyS Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    The eggs should look the same at 8 days as eggs in your incubator at 8 days. If they are dirty that can prevent you from seeing in the egg well. I would wait a few more days and it should be easier to see something.
  4. f8thnjc

    f8thnjc Chirping

    Mar 12, 2011
    I have never had to deal with a broody hen before. We have one now, that we realized is broody because she leaves for the entire day and night. We didn't know where she was going, and she only came back in the morning to eat, then leaves again. We caught her this morning and put her in a separate pen so that she wouldn't take off again, and gave her 4 eggs to hatch. She seems happy now. My question is ( and I don't mean to totally hijack this thread, but I thought it was along the same lines)...How do I get the eggs from her so that we can candle them to prevent any horrible stinky explosion?
  5. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa

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