Can't see a darn thing

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tryingtohaveitall, May 4, 2009.

  1. tryingtohaveitall

    tryingtohaveitall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I've tried with the two flashlights that we have and a 60 W bulb through a hole in a box and using a toilet paper roll. I can see an air sac but I can't see anything in my eggs other than to tell that it's dark. They're on day 13/14 of incubation, so I know I should be able to see something. I can't build a real candler with wood, but what other things can I try? I know I need to buy a bigger flashlight, though those of you with kids will understand the short lifespan flashlights have in our house. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  2. Lyz

    Lyz Out Of The Brooder

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    use an LED flashlight...and make sure the room is dark when you do it....what color are the eggs....
     
  3. Ruditchka

    Ruditchka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At about day 14, the eggs do start getting very dark and more difficult to see, especially if they are small eggs. If you have a movie or slide projector, they are great to hold the egg over while cupped between your thumb and point finger(point projector at ceiling). That's what I've been using, but it helps a great deal to turn off all lights and do it in a dark room....., can really make the difference, even w/flashlight and box over bulb method.
     
  4. tryingtohaveitall

    tryingtohaveitall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good tips, thanks. They're brown eggs (light Brahmas). At this point, I don't smell anything bad, so I guess I'll keep them all going til I get a better flashlight or see pips. [​IMG]
     
  5. chickie_mama

    chickie_mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mini mag light that fits on my key chain that I use. It's really tiny, but puts out a heck of a lot of light.
     
  6. Chic Chick

    Chic Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try again with the light in a box but put in a 100w bulb and make sure the room is totally dark. I can candle my dark brown or blue/green eggs easily this way. Sometimes you have to turn the egg different ways until you can see into it.
     

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