Candling Question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenlover456, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. chickenlover456

    chickenlover456 Out Of The Brooder

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    What is the earliest you should candle? Is there a certain place in time where it can harm the egg? It's Day 2 for my eggs, and i'm anxious to candle, but I won't start until i'm sure it's fine.
     
  2. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not an expert but I'm just guessing that maybe two weeks. I've never raised fertalized eggs.
     
  3. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about anyone else, but I usually candle mine about day 3. That's when I can usually start to see veining, if any. If I'm not 100% possitive, then I put it back in the incubator and recheck around day 7 or so. Everyone is different and has their own methods, but there are plenty of wonderful people here to help you out, and you can pick which one is best for you, that's what I did.
     
  4. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I saw that it is better to candle soomer than later but I can not remember where in here that I saw that. So go ahead and candle away!
     
  5. roosty

    roosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats what I do too [​IMG]
     
  6. fisher man

    fisher man New Egg

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    You can candle as soon as you get to make shure the egg is fertile.
     
  7. windtryst

    windtryst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled on day 5 if I remember, and saw the veining. And again on day 8 or 9. Candle early to see the veining, after that it was growing dark blobs...
     
  8. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, i did some research, and day 6 is best.
     
  9. chickenlover456

    chickenlover456 Out Of The Brooder

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    Judging from the wide variety of answers, I'm guessing it doesn't really matter when, as long as its NOT Day 2. (Yes, I candled when i received the eggs in the mail to check for cracks.) Since I'm just about bouncing up and down in my chair, I think I'll candle on Day 3. Thanks for all the help everyone!
     
  10. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:It's going to be a long 21 days for you. [​IMG] Wait until day 18 comes, the last 3 days take forever.
     

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