Candling help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Roscoe1982, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Roscoe1982

    Roscoe1982 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello

    I have had 9 white bantam eggs in the incubator for 2 and a half days now. Three of them are showing signs of development but the other 6 seem to be clear still. When should I do the final check and dispose of the clear ones??

    Has anyone else had the same as be but saw development appear later in the clear ones??

    Many thanks

    Al
     
  2. Country Chickens

    Country Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know how strong the temptation is to candle, but I personally don't candle (or even disturb the eggs) until day seven. I find that's a good day to take a look, as the chick is a nice blobby shadow (very small!) and the spider veins are easy to see. I wouldn't throw anything out this early--too easy to toss a viable egg. Even at day seven I only toss them if they have the bacterial ring. Maybe that will help!
     
  3. Roscoe1982

    Roscoe1982 Out Of The Brooder

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    Does that mean the clear ones could still develope??
     
  4. Country Chickens

    Country Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A truly clear egg is infertile and won't develop. But, an egg that appears clear really early on might have veins developing that are too faint to see. That's why I don't toss clear eggs.
     

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