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Candling Eggs-What am I looking at?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CBee, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. CBee

    CBee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all! [​IMG] This is my first time incubating our eggs, and I have no idea what to look for when I'm candling. These eggs are 7 days old, and I have 8, with only about 3 that I think are growing. I took pics of the three that I think might be growing, and then one that I'm not sure of.

    5 of the eggs look like this:
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    Is there anything happenning here, or should I throw it out? (Sorry if the pic is horrible quality. It's really just an egg with a dark blob toward the fat end.)

    And then 3 have little strings that I think might be the beginning of veins:
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    (I traced a little over the 'vein,' it was hard to see in the pic.)
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    What should I see at day 7?

    And thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. CBee

    CBee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh-and, none of them stink yet. [​IMG] So that's a good sign.
     
  3. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are fertile eggs!!!!!



    Candle em in a few more days [ day 10] them just open the bator to add water and turn.



    Best of luck,


    Fresh Eggs
     
  4. CBee

    CBee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Tiki, that helped.

    I just hope I don't have any that explode. [​IMG]
     
  5. Nimblefreckle

    Nimblefreckle Out Of The Brooder

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    I had some in the incubator for 24 days, none of them exploded. I cracked them open and some were little chicks that died at various stages and some were with the blood ring.
     
  6. gkroegman

    gkroegman New Egg

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    Hi all, I'm new to birds and eggs. I got two Mallard ducks in March, one male, one female. I've seen them "do it" so I thought that when my female started to lay (about 1 month ago), at least some would be fertile. She has laid 23 eggs in the last 3 weeks, a lot for her first clutch from what I've read. I went outside in the dark, got a flashlight, and put it up to each of them. Some of them I can clearly see something inside, but didn't see veins on any of them. I'm wondering if I need a brighter light? Or since this is the first time I'm candling, maybe I dont know what I'm looking at. Except for veins I can't really distinguish much from the pictures posted. I have the female separated from the male so if any hatch he won't kill them.
     

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