eggs candle

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickalick, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. chickalick

    chickalick Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    hi when is the right time to candle the eggs thanks
  2. deeps

    deeps Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2011
    You can candle when ever you want, around day 5 stuff starts to become really noticeable
  3. chickalick

    chickalick Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    thanks a lot for that
  4. Debbienmousey

    Debbienmousey Chillin' With My Peeps

    I generally candle at day 10, 15 (generally only if there were questionable ones from the day-10 candling), and day 18. And then if some that were set for hatching don't hatch after day 24+ I generally candle those again to see if I can see any movement.

    (This would be for chicken eggs, of course)
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    A lot of it depends on shell color and thickness as well as what you want to accomplish with your candling.

    White/light shelled eggs you can often see something by day four though day seven you'll see more clearly.

    Brown, green/blue chicken eggs and turkey eggs I don't candle before day 10. Too hard to tell for sure what you're seeing.

    We don't candle again after that until day 19 for chickens or 25 for turkeys which is when we move them into the hatching trays. This shows us the quitters that need to be tossed (no stinkbombs in the incubator!).

    If we're doing an embryology lesson we might candle every two days.
  6. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    A. T. --Thank you for that word of advice!

    My eggs are at day seven and I candled them last night. On three I could clearly see the viens and dark spot, on four I could see the dark side and air sac, and two were positively opaque. When I realized it was all the white eggs that seemed alive and the brown and green that didn't I desided it was too big of a coinsidence to be real and had more to do with my improvised equipment. I must say mama was relieved I put them all back!
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree, When I first started hatching I would candle almost every day to see the development progression. Now I candle on day 10, and you can see which ones are either infertile or which ones have quit, and then again at lock down.
  8. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    Muskoka Region Ontario
    This is my first time hatching and I hang my head in shame...I cannot help myself...and I will probably pay the price when none of my 8 silkie eggs hatch. But I watch the hen with her eggs and she is way rougher than me. I can't help but look to see what is going on.

    On day 4 I could see veining and a dark spot
    Day 5 and 6, bigger dark spots bobbing around
    Day 8 (today) way bigger darker spots...less movement

    I am addicted to the process...probably once I do a few hatches I won't have the uncontrollable burning desire to candle.

    I hope I am not hurting them at all.

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