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Candling question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickie fam, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. chickie fam

    chickie fam Songster

    Jan 31, 2011
    Erwin, NC
    I've heard that candling too much will effect the hatch rates. Is this true?

  2. FarmTillURdead

    FarmTillURdead Chirping

    Jan 31, 2012
    Centerville, KS
    We had been watching a wild turkey nest for a week. One day on my walk I found the mother hen was killed by a bobcat. I didn't have an incubator but I had a broody Bantam - so I figured... why not? At least they would have a chance!
    In my fasination - I candled those eggs once a day for a while - sometimes twice a day! I also was turning the eggs until I decided to mark them to see if she was big enough to turn them... she was! I quit candleing them when I couldn't see anything in there anymore. She quit eating and drinking in determination to hatch those eggs. I had to take her outside once a day to get her to go to the bathroom.
    On the 26th day all 4 eggs hatched!
    Healthy baby turkeys!
    I'm sure humidity and tempature had to be off - She was a very little bird camping out in a very chilly barn! It gives me a lot of hope for my first time incubating this year!

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