Candling picture & question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BeardedChick, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, this is a not-very-dark "Blue Cuckoo Marans" egg. This egg is at about day 10.

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    It has a dark-ish blob/shadow near the top that I got a picture of. If you candle from the top, you can see an aircell.

    What am I looking at? Is this egg likely viable or not? I don't think it's clear, because the clears are much brighter when candled.

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    This is a BBS Orp egg which was on day 7. It had a blood ring, so I decided to carefully open it & eggtopsy it. There was a tiny embryo inside.

    Now I am wondering - should I have left it alone? Do blood ring eggs ever make it to hatch?

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  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
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    Any one know anything about this? I am dying to know the answer too.
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    My opinion...The top egg doesn't look great because I see no veining or embryo but...I would not toss til day 14, when you candle again and down from the top. I always candle from the top down so I can see how the air sac is doing too.

    The second egg...a blood ring means the embryo at some point has died off, there is no further development as it's dead. So the only thing that would happened with a blood ring is maybe it would seep with bacteria growth or explode.
     
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    It's hard to tell from the pics, but egg #1 looks either clear or like an early quitter to me (early quitter would be my best bet), at day 10 you should be able to see a good size "blob"

    Egg #2 i'm not 100% sure about, yes it looks like a blood ring and even at day 7 it should of been a little more full !! When you cracked it open was it dead or did it die ?
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The second one is a blood ring and will not hatch. It is an embryo that started and died sometime during the early stages of incubation.

    The first one is hard to tell since it is not upright, I don't see an aircell to see how it developed. Do you turn your eggs upside down to candle?

    Jody
     
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
  7. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    A couple more pictures of the Marans egg (top candled) - the aircell is easy to see, though not great in the picture.

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    I drew a line where the aircell is. My understanding is that the dome you see in the aircell would be where the embryo would be??

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    That's where the shadow appears to be in the top picture.
     
  8. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here is an egg from the same batch that I am sure is 'clear'.

    I lit it from the top:

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    And from the bottom:

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  9. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Egg #2 i'm not 100% sure about, yes it looks like a blood ring and even at day 7 it should of been a little more full !! When you cracked it open was it dead or did it die ?

    The embryo never moved. It was tiny, maybe a centimeter in length. I think/hope it was dead.​
     
  10. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    The first one is hard to tell since it is not upright, I don't see an aircell to see how it developed. Do you turn your eggs upside down to candle?

    Jody, the egg is right side up (big end up) and in the first photo, I have the light on from the bottom. I hadn't figured out how to hold the flashlight and the egg and the camera yet. There are some more photos posted of it right side up with the light on top.​
     

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