Easiest way to candle eggs? Help

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

  1. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 33 eggs in the incubator only day 2 but I am going to want to candle on Day 10. What is the easiest way to candle eggs? I think I know what to look for, but what is the easiest way to set up a candler? Pictures would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a maglite. I hold it vertically and hold the egg on top with my fingers cupped around the egg. That seems pretty simple to me. I don't think I need an official candler.
     
  3. HeatherInBama

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    how you set up your candler depends on your light source. are you starting with a lamp or a flashlight?
     
  4. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I will start with whatever makes it easiest. If getting another maglite that I can use for hunting makes it easiest I can use it as a dual purpose. How big a maglite?
     
  5. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bough a cool light candler. It was not very expensive and plugs in, no batteries. If you just want to see a little and the eggs are in a turner,just shine it through the to of the egg. Yuo should be able to see something.I tried the flash light way,but got frustrated. The candler is great.
     
  6. HeatherInBama

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    an easy way is to put a metal coffee can over a white bulb. use a can with a dark plastic lid. cut a 1 inch round hole in the center of the plastic lid and use a can opener to cut out the bottom. put the can over the light and put your egg on the hole in the top.
     
  7. HeatherInBama

    HeatherInBama Out Of The Brooder

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    if you have or can get one of those mini mag lights that's about 1 inch in diameter, wrap a piece of cardboard around the end so you have a tube about 2 inches out from the bulb. black electrical tape works to tape the tube to the flashlight and keep light from escaping.
     
  8. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    A MagLite is about dead easy.

    I prefer purpose designed tools, so use a stand alone candler that I made.
     
  9. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually rigged a few freebie boxes from the post, cut a hole in the top and side. Then slide one of DH's corded work lights with a 75 watt bulb inside. I can see right threw the eggs perfectly, although I did purchase a flashlight. I found too much light escaping, so I'm glad I read this thread that suggests taping cardboard to the end. That might work! [​IMG]

    Good luck candling! There's nothing like seeing those little chickies swimming around in their eggs, it's like watching an ultrasound on your baby all over again but with a 'fur baby'. [​IMG]
     
  10. Peeps

    Peeps Out Of The Brooder

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    I read somewhere here that somebody taped the cardboard roll from toilet paper to a flash light. That seems like a good idea too. I have green eggs and my flashlight isn't bright enough to see in them, so I got a 80 lumens flashlight the size of a mini mag light that works great. And I can just hold the egg in my hand with the light against it. Very easy, and a cool dual purpose light too.
     

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