DIY Egg Candler

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bob1956, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Bob1956

    Bob1956 In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2011
    DIY Egg Candler

    I wanted to share with you, a simple but effective egg candler that I have just made. The total build cost is about £3 ($6), and it is very easy to make. You will only need 3 components as shown below.

    1. A small 9 x LED torch (approx 95mm long x 30mm diameter) available from lots of local outlets at a cost of around £3 ($6). It requires 3 x AAA batteries, which were supplied.

    2. An old empty 35mm film canister (black), if you don’t have one they will give you them for free at film processing shops.

    3. A 20mm open rubber grommet (not essential), from most diy or electrical outlets costing next to nothing.


    Discard the lid from the film canister, you don’t need that part. Try to find a canister that is a snug fit onto the end of the torch, or use some electrical tape to hold it on. Drill or cut a 20mm hole into the base of the canister as shown below.


    Push the rubber grommet into the hole, it’s a tight fit and does not need fixing. This part is not essential, see below.


    Now just fit the canister onto the end of the torch as shown below, and you are done.


    On lighter shelled eggs, it really illuminates the egg very well. It is even quite good at illuminating darker and thicker shelled eggs.

    Regards Bob
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  2. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Nice job!
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  4. RoyalPayne

    RoyalPayne In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2012
    Thanks, Bob. This is exactly what I needed. I don't do that much candling, but it is useful once in a while, and I just didn't want to take much time to build a more substantial, permanent one. Again, thanks!
  5. blueberrysilky

    blueberrysilky Chirping

    Jul 28, 2015
    Archdale, NC
    I used flashlight and a toilet paper roll, lol.[​IMG] I ended up buying a candler. But this is a great idea.

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