Help! No clue how to candle

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  1. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have been reading posts and looking at pictures of eggs being candled but I think I still have no clue what to look for.
    I have Guinea and Chicken eggs I am trying to hatch. Can you look at the pictures and tell me what I am looking at? Thanks

    Guinea eggs they are about on day 16
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    I am thinking these Guinea eggs are not fertilized or do not have anything in them

    These are the chicken eggs and I think they look like they have chicks in them.

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    Thanks for the help, I have a lot to learn!
     
  2. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

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    Yeah, sorry, but your guinea eggs are clear. (no keet)
    The chicken eggs, however look like you've got chicks!
    I think I can even see a little veining in the bottom pic.
     
  3. muzzles&nuzzles

    muzzles&nuzzles Out Of The Brooder

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    yep. Clear guinea eggs but you have chicks. I use a flashlight. LOL
    The eggs that don't have smooth shells are harder to candle.
    Keep doing it (hatch after hatch) and you will be able to see the tiny black dot that tells you a chick is starting!

    As long as you don't let the eggs sit until they are rotten you can crack them open and see what is inside. Fertilized egg yolks have a little white ring on them. (Once you learn you have to not think about it when you use eggs on a day-to-day basis. ;0)

    Try this link. Just remember that sometimes a shell that is rough will look like it has bacteria growth. My head hurts so I am not explaining too well. [​IMG]

     
  4. Pit Bull Farm

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    Thanks guys! At least I have chicken eggs! [​IMG]
    I had a feeling that the gunieas might be too young I never thought of checking the eggs to see if they are fertile. I know when I crack open the chicken eggs I have seen the white spot and I will start checking the guniea eggs. Thank you for your help I will post pictures when they hatch!
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    what you want to see is a bullseye around that spot if they are fertile. If there is just a white dot they are not fertile.
     
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  7. Pit Bull Farm

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    ok one more newbie question, do I count from the time the hen when broody or from when they were layed? I am trying to figure out when they will hatch.

    I took all the guniea eggs out and just left the chicken eggs. There are 5 eggs total with a little bantam egg in there.
    Thanks
     
  8. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    count from when the hen started setting, not from when the eggs were laid. She'll lay eggs until she thinks she has enough, and the eggs will "wait" until she's setting on them and keeping them warm all the time.

    ps: You might want to make sure she doesn't have too many eggs in the nest. The ones on the edges won't get enough heat, and since the mama will move them around a lot as she sets, they'll take turns getting pushed out to the edge and getting cold. Not good for a good hatch!
     
  9. Pit Bull Farm

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    Thanks! Yeah I took all the extra non fertile eggs out but I only did it today. I have two hens that decided to take over the guinea clutch and they laied a few of thier eggs in there.
    I think we will have chicks in about a week. so [​IMG] your fingers that they hatch.
     
  10. Pit Bull Farm

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