First time candling eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by crj, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night I found a way to candle my duck eggs. How totally cool that is....... LOL! [​IMG] I have never checked my chicken eggs because they are all brown and figured I would never be able to see anything. Since my duck eggs are in the incubator I decided I wanted to see how they were doing. I have 12 duck eggs and 2 looked to be lifeless. [​IMG] Definitely got rid of one but wasn't sure of the other so I'll wait on that a bit. I have 18 days to go. [​IMG] This is my first time incubating duck eggs. [​IMG]
     
  2. pride&joy

    pride&joy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I also need to learn about this subject bump
     
  3. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are two sites I looked at last night. They helped quite a bit.

    http://www.poultryconnection.com/quackers/mycandlepix/candle.html

    http://www.metzerfarms.com/Candling.cfm

    I took a plastic cup and cut a hole in the bottom for an egg to sit over. Large enough for the egg to be on it's side. I took an LED flashlight and stuck it up through the bottom and I could see what was happening in the egg. You have to be in a dark room in order to see anything. Next time I will use the toilet paper tube. It might be easier even if there is tp on it........ lol. I didn't think of that. Anyway, the plastic cup worked fine. Talk about low tech. You gotta love it!!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday I candled the egg I wasn't sure about. Sure enough the egg was no good so I tossed it. I figure 2 out of 12 isn't too bad. I'm hoping all 10 duck eggs will hatch. It's a wait and see for now.
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I built this candler into my Homemade incubator, it works great because I can just pull the egg out candle it real quick and put it right back in.
    AL

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  7. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What day would you say that it is visually the clearest whether or not you have a viable egg or not? From all of the pictures I've looked at, it seems as though day 7 it is most obvious. I will be hatching my first eggs this spring, and want to know what day would be a first good day to candle and begin weeding out the baddies...?
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I find day 10 works for me, there is realy no questions about viability at that 10 day stage.

    AL
     

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