Great News, KingsCalls! Early Candling Report!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by speckledhen, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Today is Day Five for this hatch of Welsummers from mothergoose , RIRs and Buff Orpingtons from BamaChicken, Blue/Black Ameraucanas from a friend in California, and my own Barred Rocks and Blue Orpingtons, the Orps being custom hatched for KingsCalls. I naturally would not be candling a bunch of Welsummers or even usually any eggs at all at this stage (who am I kidding? Yes, I would, LOL! I'm very bad. Should have said I should not candle at five days!), but some have had trouble lately hatching my Blue Orp Skye's eggs that I've shipped to them, and I was very worried that either she wasn't being mated properly or her eggs were just very delicate and extra hard to ship, moreso than even most Blue Orps. These in my own bator would be the test of what was going on with her.
    I decided that since I have a super-powered candler that I would do a small sampling, mostly the Blue Orps, and see how the hatch is starting. Every one of the Blue Orp eggs has textbook embryo and spider veining, every one! Jeff, we have lift-off!
    I candled one of the RIRs, one of the Ameraucanas, a couple of the Buff Orps and even one of the Welsummers. All are growing! Would you believe that I could actually see the peep and faint veining in that Welsummer egg???? I was astounded! I really didn't expect that. Now, I feel good enough to sit tight. I'm very pleased, especially about Skye's eggs!
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  2. Joy1

    Joy1 Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Great news.
  3. chicksnducks

    chicksnducks Songster

    Apr 16, 2007
    Durant OK
    What do you use to candle?
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Slide projector turned with the beam pointing upward and a washcloth with a hole cut into it laying across the lens. Works like a charm. I knew it was a great candler, but these are the darkest eggs I've ever tried it on.
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  5. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
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    CONGRATS! I know this will a great hatch. I love the Welsummers, I am excited to see them.

    Keep us posted
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  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I'm glad your Blue Orp is a GIRL! She'll be pretty after her semi-scruffy stage. [​IMG]
  7. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Her name is Winnifred! I am so excited. I hope the RIR is female. I need to take new photos of the Blue Amer. (yes I still have it, I am not convinced it is a boy). There has been no comb development since the last photos and they are almost 7 weeks old.
  8. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Great news!
  9. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    That's wonderful Cynthia! Lots of babies coming your way, start making room !! [​IMG]
  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
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