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how do you candle chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickalator, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. chickalator

    chickalator Songster

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    I have no idea what to look for when I cnadle my eggs. HELP.
     
  2. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Okay. First of all, it all comes down to how long the egg has been incubating.

    I just candled mine today, which have been in my bator for a week now.
    All my eggs have a chick developing in them.
    Now when an egg is candled at that point in time, what your going to look for is #1, an air sac, these are on the small end of the egg. #2, you can usually see a tiny black spot in the middle of the egg. And #3, some veins. At this point in time... if the egg is empty, nothing is developing.
     
  3. chickalator

    chickalator Songster

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    so a week is a good guess?
     
  4. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Yes. If you don't see anything in the egg... leave it for a little longer and candle it again just in case there is something in it.

    After a week you should be able to tell for sure whether or not something is developing.
     
  5. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il

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