Help me understand what I saw when I candled my eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hens_And_Chicks, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    I set my eggs in the bator on Saturday evening. After finding BYC this week and seeing all the posts about new chicks and all those that are currently expected, I could not wait any longer and candled my eggs tonight. I have 15 Light Brahma eggs - 2 appear to be pullet eggs due to their size. There is a variety of color on the shells but here is what it appeared to reveal:

    The lightest shelled egg has a red ring - is that a bad egg? As in non fertile?

    Two eggs show nothing at all - just transluscent/lots of speckling on the shell

    A couple showed black spots so I am not sure if those are bad eggs or if that is the embryo - they moved when I tilted the eggs.

    Of the remaining, I can see the veining starting - I'm so excited - my hatch is scheduled for March 14th!
  2. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    pictures would really be helpful if possible, a red ring could just be the air cell, the ones that were transluscent MAY not be fertile, but obviously the veining is good
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Sounds like you have one with a blood ring, possibly a bad egg.
    The clear ones are most likely not fertile.
    The ones with dark spots could be bad or could be embryos but it's hard to tell without pics.
    The veining is good! Viable eggs that should develope [​IMG]

    Give it a few more days and candle again before discarding anything.
  4. lilbreeches

    lilbreeches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2009
    Delight, AR
    do the ones with dark spots have veins too? i agree that you should wait a few more day. we are due a hatch here a day before you and i have 3 eggs i am not giving up on yet although i am pretty sure they are duds. never give up hope until you are certain.
  5. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    The ones with the dark spots look like they have veins - it's just way to early to make decisions - I'm not in the expert category but it looks like 12 of the 15 have veins developing. I'll have to see if I can figure out how to get some pictures.
  6. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    the black spots could very well be embryos! I could hardly see veins that early in my eggs but I did see the dark eye spots of the embryos and yes they moved around a lot! It is so amazing to see. I would say wait for a few more days and check is really early to tell for sure.
  7. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan
    Here are some photos from when we had our first hatch in November. This might help you figure out what's going on.

    This is a viable egg at 6 days:


    Though I questioned whether it was veining or a bloodring (see the scribbles on the egg), it was later verified to be a blood ring:


    And when you get to Day 12-14, your viable eggs will look something like this:


  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I will add those are great pics to show you what you should be looking for. If you do question an egg mark it with a ? mark and wait til the next times candling to see if there is growth or development in the egg.
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:GREAT pics! Would you please say what you used for candling? I had a hard time getting enough light with my hatch. Thank you!
  10. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan

    I bought a super cell LED flash light with the highest Lumens I could find. This particular flash light is labeled "Element K2".

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