Does the yolk move when candling?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by blaundee, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. blaundee

    blaundee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dumb question of the day- when candling eggs, does the yolk move around as you move the egg? Where should the yolk BE in the egg?

    I put the eggs in the bator on the morning of the 11th, I had it steady at 99.5 for a day before putting the eggs in and they were room temp when I set them. However, the temp dropped from me opening it to set the eggs, and then it stayed in the mid 80's until my hubby turned it up to 99.5 that afternoon- since then, they have been 99.5 steady.

    I have never candled until tonight, and don't know anyone who can show me what I'm looking for... Most of the eggs are brown, and I THINK I see a blood ring in them, over the yolk like pictured in the sticky thread about candling. In the White shelled eggs, I'm pretty sure I see the blood ring. However, since the yolk moves as I turn the egg, and is near the top of the egg whichever way I turn it, I'm confused- I've never even candled an unfertilized egg! LOL I have only used a broody- so much easier! lol
     
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  3. sloallie10

    sloallie10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a newcomer too and I candled eggs for the first time a week or two ago. I was not quiet sure what i was looking for but Im pretty sure the yolk moved when I candled.
     
  4. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Until you have more experience in candling, just leave the eggs in until hatch...unless one starting oozing or smelling!! Read all you can...look at Youtube for candling videos.
     
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I know it is fun to candle the eggs as they grow but I never candle mine until day 18. I put them in the incubator and go on about life. On day 18 I can candle them with a nice LED flashlight in a semi dark room and if the inside is very dark I set it in the hatcher. I get some that are partially developed or clear but at day 18 it is so obvious what has matured and what needs to be tossed that it makes my life simpler.

    I hatch approximately 30-60 chicks a week.
    Try to hang in there and not candle until 18 and you will probably get better hatches.
     
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  6. blaundee

    blaundee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Okay, I was under the impression that if you didn't candle once a week and toss what wasn't growing they might blow in your incubator! lol I'll just leave them til day 18 from now on!
     
  7. blaundee

    blaundee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have looked at that one several times, and looked at it right before candling. However, she doesn't move the egg while candling, it only sits still- so I can't tell from that if the yolk normally moves inside as you turn the egg.



    I'm going to candle some eggs from the fridge tonight to look at the yolk... lol
     
  8. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    When I candle at day 18 I often see the yolks moving in ones that did not develop. I have not seen any yolk moving in the ones that were "quitters". If they are partially developed they are strange looking but I have not ever had one to explode at all and I have set hundreds of eggs just this past year. Now I have had some to explode when I take them outside and toss them. I had one explode in my hand when I was playing with it (won't do that again! Ewwwwh!) after taking it outside.

    I have not ever had one to explode in the incubator but I have had a few to leak. But when I open the Sportsman to add water to the tank every day I sniff. You know when one is bad! I look for it and get it out so it won't stick to my plastic trays.
     
  9. redfeather

    redfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The yolks moved around like crazy in all nine of the eggs that I hatched out under my broody. She brooded nine eggs, and nine hatched.

    We only have 8 chicks now though... the little failure-to-thrive one started screaming and died very suddenly, just when things were starting to look better for it. :'(
     
  10. blaundee

    blaundee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've had plenty of experience with rotten eggs, lol and DON'T need that in my house!!!!!

    One of my friends asked me "How do you know if there are chicks in the eggs?" She'd found a partially hatched nest that the hen had just left, and wanted to know which ones to toss in the trash and which to take in the house and let hatch out- I told her to lightly tap on them and the chicks that were about to hatch would peep at her- she held one to her ear and AS SOON as it touched her ear, it BLEW!!! She had rotten egg all over her face, IN her ear, OMG it was ridiculously FUNNY!!! I thought she knew to check to see if they were rotten befroe checking for chicks... RFLOL
     

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