Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dirty Dozen, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Dirty Dozen

    Dirty Dozen Songster

    May 30, 2009
    Long Island, New York
    I just set some eggs I got in the mail under a broody bantam. I get OBSESSED with candling! Don't want to mess this up cause the mom once ate an egg when she felt threatened by another hen. I can tell if the eggs are firtle (sp?) but can't tell if I've lost one. What is the BEST of all days to candle that I'll see movement? Wanna leave it to as little as possible. Thanx!
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I set eggs in the Spring under Broodys. I have never candled the eggs ever, I always figured the hen knew more about hatching an egg under her than I would. I make sure she has fresh water and feed close everyday and leave her alone. [​IMG]

    Maybe someone will help you that does candle the broody eggs.
  3. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    I love to candle too. When under a broody always try to do it when she is off the nest. If she doesn't get off the nest, wait until day 14. That way you can toss any quitters and they won't explode, contaminating the nest. Also, I do not advise putting any eggs under a broody if their air cell is loose/watery etc. I hatch them upright for better results

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