Candling vs. Floating!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by josiemare, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. josiemare

    josiemare In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2010
    I am very fortunate that my EE girls, before they died, gave me 10 beautiful blue/green hatching eggs! I placed them in the bator on 10-28-10. The shells are dark. I have tried candling the eggs every 3rd or so day. I have only determined that an air cell is present. The shells are too dark to see veining of any kind. I floated them again tonight just to make sure they weren't going to explode on me soon.

    I set 10 eggs. I have 10 nice sized air cells. I have 10 perfect floaters.


    I have confirmed 10 eggs for signs of life! Yahoooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fingers crossed that the 10 eggs will make it to pip then hatch!!!!!!

    Fingers Crossed!

    These are EExBuff Brahman (bantams)! My roo is adorable. My girls were beautiful. They jumped/flew over the fence into the dog's yard! Both, the same day!

    Fingers crossed everyone! I really like the float the egg to test viability.....wonderful!!!
  2. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    I have an EE and buff brahma mix hen, she is so beautiful! Her EE Daddy was silver and she is completely white except for dark grey where her Brahma markings are. And the feathered feet, so cute.

    Green eggs are notoriously hard to see through. I can see veining between days 5-14 but then sometime after that it just gets dark and all I can see are the air cells. I need to make a real candler.

    What happened to your girls? I'm glad you have their eggs, it is a big comfort to know their life will go on in that small way. I had an egg from my favourite hen who had died. I was very excited for it to hatch but our puppy managed to unplug the incubator TWICE and all the eggs in there died. So- word to the wise- keep new puppies away from your incubator!
  3. josiemare

    josiemare In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2010
    My two girls must have gotten scared and flew over the fence into the dog's yard. Lab mix and a pit-bull cross....they love chicken, unfortunately!

    My eggs are in a spare bedroom away, far away from our pets. I certainly hope these make it another 5 days!

    Fingers crossed! These promise to be adorable babies. Fingers Crossed!
  4. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    If you use water, don't use too cold or too hot. I do that after the 25th day and the water temp 99F-100F.
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I thought the float test was for use after the hatching was done ..... to check for further viable eggs.

    I would not take my eggs out of the incubator and put them into water ..... that would worry me, especially if I had any porous ones.
  6. josiemare

    josiemare In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2010
    I feel that this is an eggspiriment anyways....I can't tell a darned thing with candling. I want to make sure I don't have anything to explode in the bator.

    I just find it interesting. Now that I "have eggsperience" with it, I will use it much less in the future. I found the results very promising. My eggs are solid and not porous at all. I won't float them again until post un-hatched eggs. I feel that I have viable eggs in there that will make it to hatch unless something major goes wrong.

    I found the results promising and interesting. It works for me. I would certainly use the water again in the future without hesitation. Water temp just right. Gently placed in water. Low floater. Wait for it.....Gentle movement. Return egg to incubator.....Close bator up until turning!

    I like what I found and will use it as needed in the future again as needed.

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