Easiest way for a beginner to candle eggs...Please help!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenlittle32, May 6, 2009.

  1. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    I am new to using an incubator and don't know what to look for when candling eggs. I have turkey, guinea, and chicken eggs in my incubator right now. The turkey/guinea eggs have been in there for 13 days and the EE's have been in there for about a week...

    I have done research as to what to look for...and honestly...I can hardly see anything. LOL Any hints please?
  2. Dogwood Farm

    Dogwood Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2009
    Depending on the color of your eggs I have one dark green I can not see anything but the air cell in. To a very light colored green one and brown ones that I can see all kinds of movement in. I am using a very strong light my hubby gave me and an empty toilet paper roll. Works great for me. Shine the light up through the tube and hold the egg on top while in a dark room and I was amazed at what I could see.
  3. Big Chicken Little

    Big Chicken Little Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:She is right workes as good as the $150 kinds. Cheap is always better LOL
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I use a small LED pen light and shine it down through the top of the egg. All the veins normally start at the top near the air cell, so it is much easier to see that way. Also, candling in this manner means you don't ever need to handle the eggs. Less risk of jostling or dropping the eggs! [​IMG]
  5. DANNY

    DANNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    I keep a small mag lite in my pocket all the time. I use it for all sized eggs. It's small so when you stick it to the big end of the egg it seals all the light to go through the egg. It works perfect !
  6. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    OK Thank you all sooooo much!!!!!! I am so excited, I went and got a LED flashlight and saw the most awesome thing!!!! We saw swimming in the eggs....one egg I am not sure of what I saw. LOL Like a large air sac coming from the bottom of the egg towards the side...I did see veins and a dark shadow. What do you all think it was?
  7. IHeartCapnHook

    IHeartCapnHook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    North Dallas
    Sorry to hijack your thread, but how often can you candle an egg???
  8. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    I have been hijacked...oh no...lol jk

    I think you can whenever you want until the last 3 days of incubation...but I am new at this so I could be totally wrong...lol
  9. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
  10. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I've only hatched one batch so far. I started candling on day 4 I think, I think I may have candled every day until day 18 [​IMG] I couldn't help it. Had to see.

    I used a lamp with a flower pot over it. The flower pot had a hole so that worked for me.

    I could see movement, I never really could make anything out...chick or veins but I knew I saw movement in there. I had a great hatch. GOOD LUCK TO YOU

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