Egg candler suggestions?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kara1015, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. kara1015

    kara1015 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been using cheap flashlight candlers and am thinking about the Brinsea ovaview or ovascope. Are they really worth it? Any other suggestions? Thanks! :)
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    I read in one of the poultry magazines about using a cheap, Nebo LED flashlight. They cost about $5 Sue
     
  3. backyardklukker

    backyardklukker Out Of The Brooder

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    I use a $30 flashlight I purchased from Home Depot that has 600Lumens. You won't find any light brighter than that unless you rig up a car battery and a headlight in a paper-towl tube! You can use a toilet-paper cardboard tube on top of the flashlight, being careful not to drop the egg through it. They measure lights in Lumens. You can find a much better flashlight with a lot of lumens so you can see through those eggs, than wasting money on an expensive candler device. The more Lumens the light has, the better you can see through the egg. At 600 Lumens, it didn't take me long to piss off my wife with it! I was in trouble for 2 days.....lol...I hope that helps you pick out a good candling device.
     
  4. clairegareth

    clairegareth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I have just tried candlibg on day 3 and all I can see are what looks like the pores of the egg and maybe the yolk or air sac any suggestions what I should look foror any pics
     
  5. backyardklukker

    backyardklukker Out Of The Brooder

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    You can candle at the end of day 3. I usually do. You need a super bright light, and you will only see a small red dot floating inside, with may a few blood veins extending for short lengths out from the red dot. It's very difficult to see without a super bright light and you may or may not see this in all of them. Waiting until day 5 would be better.
     
  6. clairegareth

    clairegareth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok great will leave them a few more days thanks
     
  7. kara1015

    kara1015 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does it heat the egg at all? I don't want to harm the embryo.
     
  8. backyardklukker

    backyardklukker Out Of The Brooder

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    No, it doesn't heat the egg. It uses a very small bulb inside it. It's never gotten warm that I even noticed. I've been using it for about 6 months now, and it works very well and has never caused me any problems. It's large, like one of those big flashlights that police officers carry.
     
  9. clairegareth

    clairegareth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi just another thing too at what age after the brooder do u let them.outside
     
  10. backyardklukker

    backyardklukker Out Of The Brooder

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    In the summer over 60 degrees, I do it after they have grown all their base feathers in. When its cold, I wait until atleast 12 weeks. Its more of a preference rather than factual based.
     

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