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Candling fresh eggs to see if fertile? how do you?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bock_Bock, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    i need to check some eggs to see if they are fertile or not how do i check to see if they are i heard that you can cadle th eggs when they are hatch, can you use a flashlight for this that has super pright leds or do you need special candling equipment?
     
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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  3. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they were just laid no way to tell without breaking egg.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Nope, the only way to tell if the egg is fertile without opening it is by incubating it for a while. Other than that, you have to crack the egg.
     
  5. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    ok i see i just dont wanna waste an egg but i will see they might let me do that lets hope
     
  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    You can always incubate them and candle them on days 3-5 to look for development! That way you don't have to break them... but if you were to sell them to someone I would definitely break one open to see. If one or 2 are fertile chances are they all are!
     

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