Dumb daDumb Dumb candling question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BeardedChick, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    ... but I'm asking it anyway 'cuz I wanna know the answer.

    I have been trying not to flip the eggs over when I candle (big side up). But it sounds like people do this and it's OK.

    So what gives - can the egg be flipped for candling or is it better to leave it right side up?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I never touch the eggs. I run the light over them as is.
     
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    I just hold the egg in one hand and hold my candler over top of them (where the air cell is) with the other. Works great!
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I candle them large end up. I pick them up gently, and candle and put them back. Im trying to candle less. lol. Its probably better on the eggs. Im candling on days 7,14 and before I put them in the incubator to hatch.
     
  5. JoanneNC

    JoanneNC Out Of The Brooder

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    MissPrissy, what kind of candler do you use?

    JoanneNC
     
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  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have a Surefire flash light. I use a piece of flannel folded over with a tiny hole in the center to place over the end of the flashlight that is held in place by a rubber ponytail holder. The tip of the light is soft and I run it over the tops of the eggs and can see very well in them.
     
  7. JoanneNC

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    Thanks
     
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    The embryo and veining inside the egg are very fragile and should not be flipped. I candle from the big end down into the egg, if they are in a turner I just run my good small mag. flashlight over the top of each egg. If I am hand turning I pick each egg up and shine the light down into the egg from the big end also.
     
  9. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
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    Now I'm certain I'm a chick murderess.

    I hold the egg and look from the side and now I know I am turning them around WAY TOO MUCH while candling [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I won't be candling or touching them other than turning them anymore before they hatch. [​IMG]
     
  10. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
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    You turn them on their side during the incubation process... it's the end over end turning that can hurt them. I try to keep them as much in their original position when holding them and move the light if need be. I have tried candling them while in the bator but have had no luck being able to get the light just how I need it.
     
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