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Candling in a Classroom

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TAGchick, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. TAGchick

    TAGchick In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2017
    I've tried candling in my classroom where we are hatching chicken eggs, but it's just not dark enough to see well. Is it ok for me to take all the eggs out of the incubator and take them to a windowless room to candle? I don't want to leave them out of the incubator too long, but I just can't see well otherwise.

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

    Feb 15, 2017
    Broody hens leave the nest for 20 -30 minutes to eat, drink and stretch. Should be fine to do once. Or you could take the incubator with you.
  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Yes. I have an excellent hatch rate. Almost 100% with my own eggs, shipped eggs lower, and I turn off my incubator every day for one to two hours from day eight to day 18 (lockdown). This imitates a mother hen leaving the nest and many books on incubation recommend this.
    One day I turned the incubator off and went out forgetting about it and it was off for several hours (abut 4) and every egg still hatched on schedule. So don't worry about moving the eggs and being out of the incubator to candle.

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