Candling eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jessica89, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have been incubating my first batch of duck eggs.
    I started candling on day 8 and I am now on day 10!! Is it okay to open the incubator and candle them every day?

    I am so fascinated seeing the blood vessels develop every day. What an amazing and exciting experience!

    Here is a photo at day 10:

    The blood vessels arn't like some of the photo's I have seen but I can defo see them. Does it look healthy to you guys?

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  2. danotoyou2

    danotoyou2 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first time incubating duck eggs too, but the pros recommend a 'cool down' period for the eggs every day, so I'd say you're probably safe to gently candle them during that cool down period. :)
    I'm about on day 10 too, with Muscovy eggs! What kind of eggs do you have in the incubator?
     
  3. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oooo that is good then! I love seeing the embryo develop each day! It's really exciting isn't it?!
    I have Cayuga's and Saxony ducks so they might be some hybrids in there.
    Let's hope we have no problems with hatching :D
    Do your eggs look similar to the photo above at this stage?
     
  4. danotoyou2

    danotoyou2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Similar, yes. I should try getting a picture tonight while candling. :)
    Yesterday I had a duck abandon a nest after nearly 2 weeks of setting on it (raccoons invaded it). I threw them in the incubator too, and last night could see the little embryo moving inside.
    Muscovy eggs take about 35 days to hatch though, so I have ages to wait. :/
     
  5. donkeydew2farms

    donkeydew2farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    jessica89 I love the picture I also am hatching 4 duck eggs and 2 goose eggs. I am experimenting. I pretty sure the duck eggs are fertile but I am not so sure about the geese.i am going to candle them at 7 days can you do it sooner then that? the ducks will be mixed or mutts. I want more egg layers so I am making my own.
     
  6. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can candle them sooner but you won't see an embryo until about the 8th day apparently!
    It's so exciting.. I would love to hatch Geese too but I have to build more enclosures.
    I wish I could vent sex them but apparently it can be risky?



    Aww..horrible Raccoons. Luckily we don't have them here! Can;'t wait to see all of your photos when they hatch!!
     
  7. danotoyou2

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    This one ^^^ is at about 10 days incubation.

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    This one ^^^ is a twin at about 14 days incubation. I can see both embryos moving.

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    This one ^^^ is at about 14 days incubation and I can see the embryo moving.

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  8. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has reassured me. Mine looks similar to yours at 10 days!

    WOW.. a twin! I would never have known that.. I don't know what to look out for. I am hoping to get better with practice!
     

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