How do you candle with 46 eggs?

mbleily

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Feb 20, 2008
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I wonder how to get the eggs all candled without letting them get too cold. If I take them all out they will get cold so maybe take half out and then do the other half? And when it is lock down I will have to take them all out so I can remove the turner. That scares me too. LOL
 

mbleily

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Feb 20, 2008
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I would sneak one out at a time, candle it then put it back in and grab the next.



Could you leave the turner in but unplug it?
It is an older turner out of metal and I would be afraid to leave it in. They could get caught under it when they hatch.
I was afraid of opening it 46 times.......
 

sdm111

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If it's a Styrofoam type incubator at night take the top off and put a light (cell phone) on each at an angle without moving them. Did it many times it won't mess nothing up a hen would be off her nest way longer than that would take
 

mbleily

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Feb 20, 2008
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I am one that believes there isn't much harm done to an egg if it is slightly cooled off for a few seconds. Think about how a broody gets off the nest daily.
I am not worried about the egg I am candling but taking the lid off and on 46 times would cool the incubator but like you say the hen gets off so that should be ok
 

mbleily

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Feb 20, 2008
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If it's a Styrofoam type incubator at night take the top off and put a light (cell phone) on each at an angle without moving them. Did it many times it won't mess nothing up a hen would be off her nest way longer than that would take
I could do that but I want to draw the air sack on them too. I guess that would work. Thanks for the in put. I need all I can get. LOL
 

Flamens Farm

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Hmmmm... valid issue and a good question. You're making me think twice about a larger incubator. Maybe I'll just get a second small one, instead. Thanks! Really!
That's what I did too, I have 40 eggs incubating but I divided it into 2 incubators so as to not have egg overcrowding and make it easier to candle, but I only do a few (10) at a time and only take one egg out at a time and put it right back in. Make sure the temp regulates for 1/2 an hour and do the other 10. I have not had a problem as yet doing it this way.
 

cmom

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I wonder how to get the eggs all candled without letting them get too cold. If I take them all out they will get cold so maybe take half out and then do the other half? And when it is lock down I will have to take them all out so I can remove the turner. That scares me too. LOL
I think of it like this. Over the years I have used broody's to hatch eggs and they usually get off of their nest for 15 to 20 minutes daily to eat, drink and poop. I usually don't candle until I set the eggs for hatching. Haven't had a problem yet.
 
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