FIrst candling successful!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Godiva, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I am so excited! I have just candled our first batch of eggs. I was very unsure whether I was going to see enough to know what was going on. I bought a small LED flashlight recently instead of a candling device and it worked great even on the brown shelled eggs! I had suspected that some of the eggs may not have been fertile and sure enough there were two that had not been fertilised and one with a blood ring. The other 6 are fine with definite growth happening. This is really just a learning try for us. SInce Calypso went broody we decided to learn what we could. I just put whatever eggs I had on hand under her so we have 2 Buff Orp eggs, 2 Buff Orp X Speckeled Sussex, 2 white silkie eggs. I knew that the hen got bare patches on her breast while brooding but had no idea of the extent and that she would have a naked chest! Wow! Do they pull the feathers out or do they just fall out? Do they eat them because I don't see many lying around? Probably would make sense for her to eat them, good protein source.

    We'll see how she does. Two weeks to go. She is eating. I have been smoothing the food out so I can see if she has been there. I have also been putting extra little super nourishing goodies out that she has been eating up. I picked her up to candle the eggs and laid her down near the food and water and she just stayed in her broody pose until I picked her up and put her back on her eggs! She is very gentle - no pecking at us, just growls and fluffs her feathers. Awesome chick!
  2. jackiedon

    jackiedon Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    Congrat on the candling!! You are hooked.

  3. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    That's great news!
  4. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    I love my little LED flashlight for candling. It works much better for the brown and blue eggs.

    Good luck with your hatch!


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