Candling Marathon: Sore back, fried brain, freaked eyes...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jmc, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    I am also a bit discouraged.

    I have just candled--or tried to candle--44 eggs in my two brinsea oct. eco.

    THIS IS DAY 7

    During the 22 from the first bator, all went well. One clear easily detected, and one blood ring.

    But in the second unit, as my back became more tired, eyes a bit freaked and mind a bit more fried, it became harder to tell the fertilized ones. I could only see veining in a few of them; i found one more clear; but there were so many I just couldn't tell anymore if I was seeing veins or 'the right thing.'

    Candler is an LED with 9 diodes.

    Eggs are light to med brown

    In a whole lot from the second bator i could see the air cell and a lot of 'dark'--more than it seems one should see at day 7. my eyes got so fried i couldn't tell if i was seeing veins coming from the 'dark' or what. It definitely wasn't ALL dark away from the air cell, there was plenty of 'clearish'.

    I just can't imagine i have that many eggs in one bator filled with bacteria! This is a clean unit--only used once, washed and disinfected twice before i set these eggs!

    Now i am wondering if I am gonna have a bunch of exploding eggs on my hands.

    I don't know if any of you can even understand what i am saying here............

    I am kinda bummed; i really don't know what is happening with a bunch of these eggs.

    Maybe i need a stronger light?.....................Maybe I'll get an ovascope from Brinsea.................

    You experienced folks have any thoughts?

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    YES, I KNOW ALL ABOUT THE CANDLING THREAD AND ALL THOSE GREAT PICS INCLUDED.....................
     
  2. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I'm having the same problem. [​IMG]

    A bit discourage because I can't really see much. I broke down and candled 7 of my 13 eggs and it's day 5. I guess I was expecting more. [​IMG]
     
  3. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

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    Quote:FIRST OFF-Don't stress!!! DO NOT throw out any eggs until you smell something bad. Believe me, you will know if one goes bad!
    Now, wait a couple more days and candle again-but only one incubator at a time! Trust me, it is an awful feeling to toss an egg you thought was dead/not developing/clear and realize that you just killed a live baby! [​IMG] I don't usually even candle until day 14, simply because I have been wrong-usually with very important eggs.
     
  4. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me, too.

    I don't candle till AFTER day 10.

    It's less stressful.

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  5. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    thank you both, alien and baby...............

    yes, i think doing both bators at one sitting will be too much (I actually have three of em!!!) for me.

    i also do not plan on tossing anything until it 'rots'! I am glad to know you can tell it is rotten BEFORE it is sprayed all over the inside of the bator. That would really really be a drag..........

    i am thinking of candling the second bator again tomorrow, when i am more 'clear'........

    not sure.........
     
  6. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just candled 65 eggs (and only one incubator), and after 30 I was beginning to see cross-eyed.

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  7. bikerchic

    bikerchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2011
    Virginia
    How "fresh" are your batteries? I found if you put new batteries in the flashlight it made a world of difference. I thought I was loosing my candling skills also, till I replaced mine.
     
  8. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

    Nov 5, 2010
    Australia :)
    Yup, too many eggs at a time. I have a 'bator that can hold up to 100 if I hand turn. Even with the racks in I only candle 3 or 4 rows at a time or my eyes/brain are fried too. I suggest you do one 'bator at a time. [​IMG]

    Your nose will tell you if you have a stinker, believe me! I had a bunch very early on with some eggs I bought. 6 or 7 of 24 eggs over a week or so from memory. [​IMG] I couldn't believe I got so many but my nose told me they were there so I candled and found them. [​IMG]
     
  9. Hi! I'm not sure if you are having incubator problems or candling problems.
    If it is candling problems, I'd suggest building yourself a coffee-can type candler. When I candle massive numbers of eggs, I get an eye-ache and a back-ache.
    My candler 'lives' on the back of the toilet in a bathroom (only windowless room). It's a fairly comfortable place to sit and no one bothers me there.

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  10. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Quote:thanks, i check that and make sure mine are new and strong-----which they are.

    i candled one several hours later last eve. and was able to detect veining. one which i couldn't tell about during the 'marathon'.

    but still i thought i would see mostly veins at just day seven. it's almost like they are growing faster than they should.


    BUT I MUST ADD. I HAVE ONLY HATCHED ONE TIME IN MY LIFE.

    SO IT MAY JUST BE THAT WITH EXPERIENCE, I WILL COME TO SEE THAT BY DAY SEVEN, SOMETIMES YOU SEE MORE 'DARK' IN SOME THAN IN OTHERS.
     

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