*CHICKS are HERE!!!* Egg Candling Pics: Progression Though Incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkiechicken, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Painted Spirit

    Painted Spirit Songster

    Oct 18, 2009
    Simply WOW
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I love watching them move too!

    I swear the little guys are like: "HEY!!! It's cold out here! Stop moving me!"

    I wish the shells were clear sometimes. :p
  3. Painted Spirit

    Painted Spirit Songster

    Oct 18, 2009
    Will I be able to see so clearly with light brown eggs?
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Depends on your light source. These are brown eggs that I'm candling with a high output flashlight.


    In the past I used a surefire 6p which also works really well and can be bought at Lowe's.


    Others use a projector or some other type of directed light source. With a simple maglight or some wide beam source, it might be harder to see though the eggs. Unless you have a bright directed light and light colored or white eggs, you often won't see as much, thus my recommendation that new hatchers don't toss eggs till day 13-14 or so.

    That said, white eggs are MUCH easier to candle:
    (Taken with the same camera, but using the surfire6p on day 12 or so of a white egg)
  5. TNBluebird

    TNBluebird In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2009
    Smyrna, TN
    Super Cool! I sure could have used this a week ago. I've searched all over the internet and there aren't any great example like yours! Here is a link that shows what my class has been working on. I posted pics of the incubator and eggs we are hatching. We are on day 12 today. So far we have 19 out of 24 that are ok.

  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It's often hard to find good sequential pics of egg candling so that's why I decided to make a thread out of this batch of chicks. It's going to be updated as the eggs incubate. Since you are teaching a class, might want to take a peek at the paper "A series of normal stages in the development of the chick embryo" by Hambuger and Hamilton from 1951. It's really old, but is really detailed on the process of development.


    Best of luck to your class project! I've always had issues with classroom hatches due to temp fluctuation on weekends and classroom bators not keeping up.
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD


    There are 6 eggs developing nice and strong and it's day 11! Videos are posted for day 6 and 11.
  8. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Yay! I can't wait to see our babies! [​IMG]
  9. aalbury

    aalbury Songster

    Nov 5, 2009
    Wow! Thanks so much for these pictures and video! I am incubating eggs with my 11 yo daughter for the first time and this is so amazing to me....
  10. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

    Jun 29, 2009
    Central SC
    My Coop
    You guys have done a great job on this project!! [​IMG]

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