Egg Candling - with photos

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

  1. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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.

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    I upgraded to the led lamp.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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  2. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Let me show you a goose egg photo so you can see.

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    Can you see the veins?
     
  7. Mattake2

    Mattake2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Neat-o! Great post Miss Prissy!
     
  8. Jubaby

    Jubaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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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