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Candling Questions....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by krista74, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    Hi everyone!

    After a first hatch that can only be described as a shambles (11 eggs set, no candling done, 2 eggs exploding at Day 14, and only 1 live hatch as a consequence) I am trying to learn the errors of my ways with hatch number two!

    So far, so good. I selected 10 great looking eggs - they were all of a good, consistent shape, and had excellent shell quality. This is in contrast to last time when I had sausage-shaped eggs, thinner shells, porous shells - you live and learn, lol!

    Broody is consistently (obsessively) sitting and today is Day 9, so I decided to candle. However, all of my eggs are RIR eggs and are quite a dark brown. Whilst my torch is pretty good, I couldn't see any of the veins you often see in the white eggs. So what did I see?

    * One egg which looked 'empty' but had a red ring around it. I discarded this and smashed it later on - a red blood ring and a yellow yolk, but nothing to indicate development of a chick.

    * One egg that looked empty but for a small black spot which was still. This, too, was discarded, and upon smashing I saw a yellow yolk, and a tiny blood clot, and some blood running through the yolk.

    * Eight eggs that showed dark-ish blobs which took up about 1/3 the space inside the egg. A few of the dark masses moved, so they got the immediate tick of approval. The others looked the same as those that moved, but I couldn't see clearly enough through the dark egg shells to confirm movement. They got kept as well.

    So.......do you think what I'm seeing for Day 9 is about right? Have i kept what could be considered to be 'good' eggs? There is NO stench in the nest like there was last time so I am hopeful that a couple may survive. When should I re-candle (if at all?) I am considering maybe re-candling on Day 18, and then leaving Broody to it from there. I do not touch the eggs other than candling, and even then I wore clean gloves.

    I wish I had nice white eggs so I could see the veins!

    - Krista

  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    It sounds like you are keeping the same eggs I would. I have a hard time seeing movement too, usually you can see the chick as a dark spot, and as long as the egg candles looking like the rest of them, I don't worry about it. I also like to candle broody eggs at least twice if I remember, once early on around day 7 to get duds and later about 17-18 or so to get any others. I do tend to visually check broody eggs that I can't candle well because the shells are too dark, every couple of days, and sniff them and just look at them in general if you see anything off about them that would mean giving them a second look for problems. Good luck with the hatch.
  3. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    I must admit that after the candling, the next step in my investigation was to put my head in the nest box and have a good sniff. I don't feel like a complete weirdo now! (Just a little bit of a weirdo, lol)

    Last time I didn't check my eggs until Day 18 and it was a huge mistake. That being said, I know what to look for at Day 18 because of that experience, so I will definitely be checking again then.

    Thanks for you advice,


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