Candling Question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jellis, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. jellis

    jellis In the Brooder

    Feb 10, 2009
    Anybody have any pics of a homemade candler? Or how I can make one? And also if I do candle them is it ok to take them out of the incubator or will that screw them up? Im on day 23
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    I use a super bright LED flashlight.
  3. rikku_03

    rikku_03 Songster

    Mar 11, 2009
    when you candle them make sure they aren't out of the incubator for long and candling won't mess them up or anything
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    A broody hen gets off the nest at least once a day, sometimes for almost an hour, so it wont hurt to take your time when candling. Better to be careful and not drop one! I use slide projectors for my candlers. If you cant see into an egg with one of those, it cannot be done.
  5. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Oak Hill, Florida
    You can get a really good flash light at WalMart for about $20. Make sure it has a spot light feature which really projects into the eggs, and you can see EVERYTHING so good...I love my little flashlight.[​IMG]
  6. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    Day 23? Are you hatching duck eggs?

    I just use a flashlight.
  7. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

    Mar 3, 2009
    Lakeport, Ca.
    I just took an extra heat lamp I have, replaced the bulb with a normal 60 watt, then taped a piece of cardboard with a hole in it over the dome. it works great, and the best part is that if you point it upwards, you can have hands free viewing by just placing the egg over the hole!


  8. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    okay; that's brilliant. Will do.
  9. I use a small candler I bought off eBay. I bring the light to the egg and keep the egg in the same position I took it off the turner.

    Humidity is the most important thing you can have correct in incubating most chicken eggs.
  10. BawGock

    BawGock Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    Idaho Panhandle, USA
    Great idea KelseyGirl!
    I'm going to try that too.
    How do you get the egg to stick to it on that top pic?
    Just kidding!

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