candling

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by blissmiss, May 12, 2009.

  1. blissmiss

    blissmiss New Egg

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    I have 15 rhode island red hens & not a rooster within 3 miles. I plan on selling eggs & am wondering if it is nessary for me to candle the eggs? thanks for any help
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm not sure what you would expect to see by candling? If you collect the eggs daily there should be no need. If you don't collect the eggs daily I personally would not sell them.
     
  3. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think some egg sellers candle to pull the blood spotted or meat spotted eggs out of the cartons. I personally do not candle my eggs that I sell - all my customers know something you get those 2 things in fresh farm eggs.
     
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quote:Not really. It would be an un-neccessary step, more labor than you need to expend.

    I would do it, however, if I learned that it would make a difference to the customer and they would pay an increase for it. Since most won't know what it means, it's benefit to you is dubious.

    On the other hand, you may want to experiment with it as a niche in your market. Turn the tables and sell the candling as a benefit to the consumer.
    Do something like, "NEW! IMPROVED! I examine each of my eggs to ensure your satisfaction... (or health or safety or whatever seems appropriate). Then add a dollar to the price and see what happens.

    It used to be done, in random lots, but has been replaced by modern, non-human examination methods.
    It might make a difference if touted as a benefit, who knows?

    Since most people who buy your eggs will appreciate "fresh and wholesome 'farm eggs', just as Nature intended" ... at a price that is less than the fancy stuff in the store, I'd call them that and call it good.
     
  5. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Candleing will NOT be nessasary as you do not have a rooster and do not plan to hatch eggs. Your eggs will not be fertile so will never develope anything inside. Candleing is only use to prove fertility and one must have a roo to have fertile eggs.
     

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