Egg Candling - with photos

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MissPrissy, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I get a lot question about how I candle my eggs.

    I use a Surefire G2 tactical flashlight . I got it on sale at a sporting goods store for something like $30.


    I upgraded to the led lamp.


    I was tired of buying batteries so I upgraded to the rechargable.


    I use a soft piece of flannel with a small hole cut out and a rubber band to hold it in place to direct the light to a strong thin beam.


    When I candle I use this very soft tip and run it over the tops of the eggs to see what is going on. having dropped and cracked an egg befoe i never touch them now to pick them up. They stay in the turner.


    It works really well. I like the new upgrade even better.


    You may not be able to tell but I can candle these in the day time and still see the veins.

  2. Sissy

    Sissy Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    Oh great pictures
    I now can get ready for the first hatch
    to be a sucess. ....hope so.
  3. Aneesa's Muse

    Aneesa's Muse Songster

    Jun 8, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    That is very, very cool Miss Prissy! [​IMG]

    I've been using the little LED pin light and a tube for candling, but I still don't know for sure what's good and what's bad ...even after looking at umpteen tutorials and pics of such [​IMG]

    Maybe I'll upgrade my equipment and my deciphering who's who will kick in...
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Candling does get easier the more you do it. [​IMG]
  5. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    That's great. I like my slide projector, but when the bator is full it takes a long time to pick up each egg and check it. I may need to find a nice light like that. Thanks for sharing. [​IMG]
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Let me show you a goose egg photo so you can see.


    Can you see the veins?
  7. Mattake2

    Mattake2 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2008
    Neat-o! Great post Miss Prissy!
  8. Jubaby

    Jubaby Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    West Texas
    Thanks for the info Miss Prissy. I have a surefire light, but never thought to put the cloth with hole over it.

    I also will try to candle while leaving them in the turner next time. I was picking up each egg.
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    The less you handle them the better your hatch will be.
  10. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Great pics, MissP. I LOVE my surefire, but we gave like $90 something for mine!!! I wish I could find another for $30, because everytime I go hunting I forget my flashlight because it is in the hatching house!!!

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