First time Candling...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SethRiddle, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. SethRiddle

    SethRiddle Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    This is my first time candling eggs. It's day 3, and I can only see a dark spot about the size of a yolk on all of my eggs. I don't see any veins or arterial growth yet. Is this normal? All the websites I look at say I should be seeing veins today?

    Thanks for any help,

    -Seth
     
  2. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 3 sounds a little early to me.
    I don't candle until day 7. By then you should clearly see some veins.
     
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  3. mortie

    mortie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled mine about 82 hours in. When I did it, it looked like someone has put one of those kiddie spider rings in each of them. A little dark spot with some veins radiating from it. Sometimes I had to rotate the egg around to see it or tilt it for the "spider" to really come into focus. That was my first time candling and I was pretty thrilled to see those little spiders.

    A few hours makes a lot of difference at this stage.

    Since I am a newbie too, when I candled, I referenced these pictures to help me understand what I should be looking for. I used these because they are very easy to see, a lot of candling pictures are difficult to see. http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/04/chicken-embryo-development-graphic.html
     
  4. MasKot

    MasKot New Egg

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    What color eggs do you have? There's a real difference between light (white, light blue etc) and darker eggs. I'm only on my first incubation so a real newbie at this, but on my light blue eggs we could see very clear spiderwebs on day 3 vs the brown eggs a few days later on day 5. So be patient and good luck!
     
  5. mortie

    mortie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are medium brown and blue. The blue ones are harder for me to see into. I have read it is because the blue pigment goes all the way through the shell. With most of the brown ones the color is only on the outside.
     
  6. SethRiddle

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    My eggs are a rainbow. I have blue, green, dark brown, and light brown (more a cream I suppose)..

    So, tonight I candled, and EUREKA! 100% fertilized, 100% showing growth with clear veins!

    Thank you all so much for the support. It's terrifying, yet thrilling to me (incubating eggs), and having a community full of wonderful people to help me out is a big relief.

    I'll keep everyone posted! [​IMG]

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  7. SethRiddle

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    Yeah, I don't trust any of my thermometers, I have 5 in there... then I average them to keep it as close to 99.5˚ as possible.
     
  8. mortie

    mortie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's awesome. Out of my 28, 2 were infertile and I have 2 quitters so far. Even though this is my first time hatching (and having chickens at all, my chicks will be my first chickens) I feel like I am doing ok.
     
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  9. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck with your first hatch!

    Good luck with your first hatch!
     

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