Home built candling device - Pics

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by marcuscarr, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. marcuscarr

    marcuscarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are the images of the candling device I came up with.

    The first picture is of the parts, which all came from Home Depot.

    90 watt spotlight bulb
    ceramic base with ease screws underneath for the wire
    lamp cord with inline switch
    a 5" to 4" adaptor (in heating and cooling)
    a 4" cap (in plumbing) (I cut the hole in it)

    The second picture is of everything put together, it all just stacks.

    The third picture is off an egg on the candler...the egg came from the fridge and is a brown barred rock egg. I'm not trying to hatch it =]

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  2. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow thats cool great idea
     
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  3. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look like a good job to me......[​IMG]
     
  4. marcuscarr

    marcuscarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let me add a quick warning...

    A 90watt spotlight really shows what is in the egg, but....

    never leave an egg on it for more than 10 seconds

    never leave it on for more time than it takes to view the egg

    If left on...that spotlight can create enough heat to melt the black plastic cap



    a standard 60 watt bulb could be used instead and would be safer and cooler, but I elected to use the spotlight because you can see every detail in the brown eggs.

    Marcus
     
  5. karu

    karu Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow ! I am new to a candling process - will it show any meat spots ?
     
  6. marcuscarr

    marcuscarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my last hatch, we were able to see the whole chick moving around in there. It was amazing.
     
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  7. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Neato! Looks like Hubby has a new project!
     
  8. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool.....materials are on my list for next trip to HD. You could add an an automatic toggle thumb swith spliced into the wire. You know one of those spring switch that automatically turn off when you let go....I think they are called deadmans switch??

    Cory
     
  9. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    That's great! Simple and not very many parts!

    A few things I'd probably experiment with if I was building this:

    Flourecent or LED spotlights: They can be really bright but don't put out much heat

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    Momentary on switch, so it is only on while you are pushing the button to ensure that the eggs don't cook and that the plastic doesn't melt.
     
  10. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Nice job!!!

    Tonya
     

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