Help - Dense Eggs

lavacaw

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I have 7 blue/green eggs in my incubator and yesterday was day 9 so I tried candling them. They are too dense to see ANYTHING. I had some light brown ones before that I could see nothing in, but one of those hatched anyway. What should I do...leave them and hope for the best?
 

Wynette

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Yup! For the future, you might look around for an old slide projector. That's what I use as a candler, and it even "sees" into my very dark Marans shells. It won't allow you to see veining, but you can definitely see a blob where there is development, or a clear.
 

kassy68

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I had the same problem with my EE eggs.. someone mentioned on here to use two lights.. So I grabbed my one mag light for the top of the egg and used a flashlight on a tripod to put the toilet paper tube on it..set the egg on the tube, so hands were free for egg and other light. I COULD SEE! I did this after tossing a 9 day old chick.. poor little thing.. I murdered an EE cuz I thought it was a dud... Good luck and I hope you find something that works.
 

Akane

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Those are good eggs. Tight pores and thick shell is a good thing. Eggs with large pores and thin shells are less likely to hatch even if they are easier to candle. You can try looking down through the air sac for veins along the edge. You can't tell how far along an egg is that way but you can tell if they died. After they die the blood drains out of the blood vessels and pools in a line around the egg (blood ring) so if you see veins they were at least alive in the past day or so. Generally I can at least see that much even on quail eggs and really dark chicken eggs.
 

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