How dark should an egg be?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pek, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. pek

    pek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six ameraucana eggs in the incubator on day 5, i candled them and four of them looked dark but the flashlight i was using wasn't the brightest and the eggs are at least two inches long, the other two eggs had smaller dark patches and should i be seeing movement?
     
  2. pek

    pek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im seeing what your supposed to see at 52, hmm is suppose that is okay because i started late in the day
     
  3. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never been able to see much of anything with my darker eggs.

    Here's the eggs I'm currently incubating:
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    I can't see through eggs 1 and 2 at all- they're almost totally opaque and it was only day 5 when I candled.

    It was the same way with those chicks on my last hatch. There was a couple that I never could see through at all. But, as you can see, it worked out fine.
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    Granted, this is only my second hatch ever, but I only saw movement twice last time, and I candled quite frequently. I've been trying to hold off because I know that it doesn't get very interesting til days 7-10. (I'm at day 6 now)
     
  4. pek

    pek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:how big were your eggs? my like i said are huge and a dark (for an egg) green
     
  5. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't weigh them, but I'd guess they were XL or Jumbo sized- as you can see, eggs 1 and 2 barely fit in the incubator. None of them are turning particularly well, which is common with this incubator when you get the very large eggs. They're definitely longer than 2".

    Here's a picture put out by the company. I'm guessing these are average sized eggs:
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    Compare that picture with my picture and you'll see how big they are. After I posted the first response, I went to candle again, and I was able to see a bit of veining on the edge of egg 1, so it's definitely a keeper.
     
  6. pek

    pek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just candled and only one egg has a chick in it all the other are really dark, should i trash those? is there bacteria in them?


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  7. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never toss blue green eggs until day 18.
    By Day 18, you can really tell the bad ones compared to the growing ones. Relax, take it easy, stop worrying and let the eggies grow!
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    they'reHISchickens :

    I never toss blue green eggs until day 18.
    By Day 18, you can really tell the bad ones compared to the growing ones. Relax, take it easy, stop worrying and let the eggies grow!

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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Way too early in the incubation process to be tossing eggs that you are really unable to candle effectively.
     

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