Do they always move when you candle?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by blaundee, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. blaundee

    blaundee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you candle at day 18, do you always see movement?

    I have yet to hatch out any chicks, I think I'm the Queen Killer, but I noticed on the last batch of eggs (which DID hatch 4!) that they did not move when they were candled. I didn't think anything of it, until reading that you will know they are alive by them moving in the egg.
     
  2. Mama2B&D&...Chickens

    Mama2B&D&...Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IDK...I'm wondering the same thing! I have 8 sitting under my broody BO (her 1st hatch and MINE too---i'm WAY more nervous than her! [​IMG]) but I think i candled on day 18 and only saw maybe 2 moving...[​IMG] the others i still saw veins and blobs but nothing i can see. im a nervous wreck.
     
  3. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    Georgia
    new at this. just had 7 hatch out of 12 eggs. I saw them move in the beginning. But did not see them move at lockdown. Good luck:fl
     
  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    No, I do not. By day 18 - the shell is so full of chick I mostly see black and then an air cell.

    I do see movement at day 10 - but not always in all eggs.
     
  5. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
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    Maybe I candle an excessively long time or something but I usually wait until I see movement. If you look really really close at one of the veins or something you can usually see the heartbeat. Maybe I just have a really good flashlight, hahaha.
     
  6. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't always see movement when candling mine, but you can see veins and other developing objects...
     
  7. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Generally, if you look closely you should be able to see some movement. I would be concerned if I didn't.
     

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