Candling question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by flash5153, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. flash5153

    flash5153 Chirping

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    Its our first try at hatching.
    A hen went broody so we got 3 (fertile) eggs from a neighbor.

    About the(fertile) eggs,,,, I have never met the neighbors before,they live about a half mile away.Stopped in and asked if they had fertile eggs,,and she said "yes". She was very nice and we went out to the coop and she grabbed 3 eggs out of the nesting box.

    I took these eggs home and put them under my hen. That was 2 days ago,,hen has been doing very well with them.

    Im wondering when should I candle these eggs to see how they are doing? I read the sticky post on this so I think I know what to look for,,, but Im not sure when to do it.
     

  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

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    I'd give them a week and you should be able to see something pretty clearly by then.
     
  3. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

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    I do day 5, but a week is ideal. It should be easy to see the veins and movement. Good luck.[​IMG]
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I don't look until 10 days.....because then you will see something for sure.....looking earlier just makes me nervous! [​IMG]
     
  5. flash5153

    flash5153 Chirping

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    OK,,Thank You.

    I will keep you posted .
     
  6. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

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    Good luck and can't wait to here results.[​IMG]
     
  7. Biddylover

    Biddylover Songster

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    I'm so glad you asked this question! I was about to post the same thing, looks like we will have eggs hatching around the same time [​IMG] I already tried to see if I could see anything and all I did was frustrait myself sooo I've my myself promise I wouldn't look until at least day 7 [​IMG] Here is to happy healthy eggs! [​IMG]
     

  8. flash5153

    flash5153 Chirping

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    Well it has been 5 days. The hen pushed 1 egg out of the nest . She sets on the other 2 very well most of time but every once in awhile she will get into a different nesting box and set, leaving the eggs.
    We have been keeping a close eye on her and put the eggs back under her. This has happened twice.

    I candled the eggs and they are very spotty,, I believe they are bad.

    It has been almost 2 weeks she has been broody. Should I put more fertile eggs under her and try again??
     
  9. flash5153

    flash5153 Chirping

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    Quote:Hope you are having more luck than me. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. Biddylover

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    Flash I'm not so sure anymore, [​IMG] I just don't know. Yesterday I candled (told ya I wouldn't hold out until day 7) by my calculations last night at 9pm they were 5 days old or 120 hours old. They are brown eggs and the Barred Rocks are darker than the Delawares, I have found some infertile absolutely clear eggs I am going to get rid of them. The rest I can't see the veins good like in the thread about candleing prgress. I see a mass inside the eggs some have an airsack some don't. I am so confused. I'm driving myself nuts over what the eggs are supposed to look like! 142 hours old at 9pm tonight..... ugh [​IMG]
     

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