Half way through day 8 I candled & culled : (

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by midget_farms, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I'm clearly not yet an expert on candling.

    I have 58 eggs cooking. On day 4 I candled & guessed all but 2 were duds! Ha.

    So I waited 4 more days.

    This time - some of the eggs you could clearly see a shadow swimming around in there on several of them. In fact most of them I thought were duds before had a good sized shadow.

    I culled 10 eggs though -they looked clear - well most of them did.

    I left 3 or 4 that I just couldn't tell in the bator - the rest all looked good.

    Anyway - I decided to check my accuracy on candling by opening the culled eggs.

    4 had started to grow - 6 had broken yolk or no fertilization.

    Of the 4 that had started - 1 was nothing more than a single red vein.

    3 however had little bug eyed still kickin chicks : ((

    It looked like the yolk was broken on all three - at least that is what I'm telling myself - the yolk poured out of the egg like water & the chick came out after. I'm telling myself they would have died anyway because of the broken yolk.

    But I still have 48 in the bator - & most of them look really good.

    Considering they were shipped in the cold & 1 box left outside in the snow by the post office (I still have all 10 of those in the bator though 1 was questionable) I'd say I'm doing OK.

    For my first hatch.

    In a home made incubator.
     
  2. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Next time, don't candle until Day 10. [​IMG]

    The yolk fell apart because the egg was opened. But that's okay. Live and learn, right?
     
  3. mommyofthreewithchicks

    mommyofthreewithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first hatch as well....

    I keep candling and on day 8 and on day 10 I left all the clear eggs in the incubator I think when I candled at day 12 or 13 and they were still clear I finally chucked them. I have 4 I am looking at now that look like they have died and yet I keep putting them back in just in case. We are at day 15 right now and I am crossing my fingers for the rest- I think I am going to have to get another batch just to make sure I am doing everything correctly before I pay for eggs [​IMG]

    Good luck!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    I have only incubated once and I am so unsure of what I am seeing when I candle that I don't dare take any clears out until at least day 10. I take more out at day 18. I was so worried about taking out one that might be viable, I actually had one make it through lock down and the other eggs hatching that had not even started. I just like being really careful.
     
  5. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Awww [​IMG] I always worry about that too when I pull eggs. It is a live and learn so don't be hard on yourself. I candled last night on Day 6 but I only pull the completely clear ones that early. The ones that I see any sort of veins, I leave till Day 14 or even 18 now.
     
  6. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Taking out 10 eggs means 20% wont hatch. I have 30% more for a solid showing of 50% - that means I can lose 15 more & still be right where I thought i would be.

    Lets hope I do better than that - but there are 3 or so eggs that I wanted to pull - but couldn't for some reason.

    Wish I had pulled them instead of the three with chicks - but in any case - can't change it now.
     

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