Do you have to candle?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sherry, May 16, 2008.

  1. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or can you leave them alone and wait and see?
     
  2. Myst4

    Myst4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say it is better to candle...to make sure they are developing well. If you don't candle,then you might miss any unfertile eggs and they could rot and explode in you bator. Not a good thing. Also you can keep an eye on those eggs that are questionable. Beside, it's fun and exciting to watch.
     
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  3. skennedy

    skennedy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have never candled and never had any problems.
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I like when its candling day..thats the fun part for me....
     
  5. Broke Down Ranch

    Broke Down Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To candle or NOT to candle......

    It's personal choice. How sure are you of the freshenss of the eggs and that they aren't cracked or compromised in some other way as to allow bacteria to grow inside? It's entirely up to you BUT if you plan on incubating more eggs in the future it surely helps to be candling every batch because there WILL come a time when you have a VERY messed up hatch and if you have been candling every batch of eggs then you will have experience in what to look for in the eggs to help you diagnose what happened.

    But bottom line - do you HAVE to candle? No [​IMG]
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree with tuffoldhen...that's one of the fun parts!!
     
  7. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't have to but it is so interesting and so much fun. Once you get the hang of it and it does not take long you will be excited on candeling day. If you have any questions on how to do it just ask here. We will be glad to get you started.
     
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Oh my gosh I just candled last night and I was just in awe! I couldn't wait to candle and see those babies lol I even seen the brown eggs without any problems! The 45 Lumen's flash light works out as a GREAT flash light!
     
  9. Must Be Losing It

    Must Be Losing It Lost It

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    It is totally cool to candle! Its a safe way to watch development - just don't do it too often as tempting as it may be.

    Julie
     
  10. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is really neat to candle them & see the development! It is amazing![​IMG]
     

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