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Candling question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by crj, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. crj

    crj Songster

    Dec 17, 2009
    Rocky Point, NC
    I have some duck eggs in the bator and I am on day 19. On day 10 I did my first ever candling. Pretty darn cool. Well, I found 2 eggs that were no good and tossed them. Now I have 10. Tonight I candled them to see how they were doing. I found 1 no good and tossed. Now, 2 are questionable. I know there is suppose to be an air pocket at the wide end of the egg. I have 2 eggs that have air pockets on both sides and rather far up on the pointy end. I watched and there was something moving like the little duck not liking the light. The other eggs were all dark except on the wide end. Is there a problem with the 2 eggs? Or could they be under developed compared to the others?

    I haven't incubated duck eggs before and this is the first time candling. I have hatched chickens but they are in dark brown eggs so I never tried to candle them.

  2. enggass

    enggass Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    Sorry, I'm new to this so i can't answer, but I do have another question...
    Why is it recommended to candle on day 7 as opposed to day 10?
    From all of the pics I've seen it seems like it would be easier to see if you have a viable egg on day 10 as opposed to day 7???
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Who cares if you candle on day ten instead of seven? [​IMG] Got some 'bator cops checking up on you?

    I don't candle eggs before day ten for the exact reason you mention, enggass.
  4. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    If they are moving around I wouldnt worry about it. They should be fine. As long as there is movment, the duck is alive and you have hope. They should catch up on time. Good luck!
  5. crj

    crj Songster

    Dec 17, 2009
    Rocky Point, NC
    As long as there is movment, the duck is alive and you have hope.

    That's what I was thinking. Maybe they are late bloomers. I haven't seen a picture of the egg this way. I searched on the computer. Found some cool pictures but nothing that I have.

    I don't think it matters what day you candle your eggs. I just waited long enough till I knew when something would basically show up. That, and I was impatient....... lol. I'm glad I did check because I had to toss 3 eggs so far. Not much longer and I will have baby ducks. I can't wait....... hehehe.​

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