Candling goose eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bearfeet, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. bearfeet

    bearfeet New Egg

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    I have 3 white chinese goose eggs in the incubator. I candled them at 3 1/2 days and saw nothing, just yolk. When's the earliest time you can determine if goose eggs are fertile or not
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I'm not sure, but 3 1/2 days is too early to candle anything. I would wait till at least 7 days if not longer.
     
  3. bearfeet

    bearfeet New Egg

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    I've had luck candling quail eggs that early, also I've seen online images of chicken eggs that show that early, but the shells are just really thick I guess...
     
  4. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

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    I know with a chicken and some quail eggs you can see veins at day 3 but i am not sure about a goose egg...you can try but i doubt you will see anything if there is small veins since a goose egg shell is really thick
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    It is possible to see veins that early, but it is also easier to kill the embryo then.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is possible at 3 days to see the very slightest veining. I have had goose eggs I couldn't see anything in but held out and at day 10 they were developing nicely with big red veins. Wait at least another week - 10 days before you start discarding eggs.
     
  7. bearfeet

    bearfeet New Egg

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    I'm getting so impatient, this is my first time trying to hatch out geese. Day 4 and still nothing but a blurry red blob but I'll wait and see. Thanks for the help.
     
  8. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled mine at day 10 and saw really nice veining but did not see much at all at day 7 so i would wait til day 10 and i know how hard that is....
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Remember goose eggs can take 28 - 32+ days. They develop slow. Depending on where the embryo is on the yolk you may not see veins without a super bright light until after 10 - 14 days.
     
  10. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Goose eggs are not easy to candle and as mentioned, give it at least 10 days. Then check again at two or three weeks.

    I had a goose egg explode in my incubator last year. Please, please, don't be like me. Rigorously candle because you will never forget that smell.
     

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