How early and how often do you candle your eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by casslarrabee225, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. casslarrabee225

    casslarrabee225 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a stay at home Momma so I'm here all day with the incubator and drive myself nuts wondering whats going on in those eggs! I start candling at day two. I am always able to see the germinal disc in the fertile eggs and I check for those. Then I check the progress every day usually when I get up in the morning then before I go to bed. How often do you check? Is there anything wrong with doing as often as I do?
     
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best to candled on 7 th day and then 18th day before lockdown. I wouldnt bother them much as you can do damage !!.
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had eggs that are difficult to see into so wait until day 10 to ensure any development is seen, discard clear eggs, then again on day 18 to cull any that stopped developing.

    The only problem with constant handling of eggs is contamination and the mishaps of cracking them. Excess bacteria (constant handling) can lead to higher percentage of stopped development.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  4. Charm1704

    Charm1704 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it's difficult , but I only candle twice to see if they are developing then again at lock down....bacteria will kill the embryos,~Charm1704
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  5. casslarrabee225

    casslarrabee225 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! I had no idea! Is it the bacteria on your hands or in the air? I always wash my hands before and after handling them...
     
  6. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    It's on your hands. It is actually good to open the incubator daily up till day 18.
     
  7. mbleily

    mbleily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mean that it is good to open the incubator daily for air exchange? I was wondering about that. I open mine only half way to move the eggs. The temp hardly changes because I have them all on a thing that I move them all together.
     
  8. comptonsgonecountry

    comptonsgonecountry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candle mine twice before lockdown. Once on day 10 and the last time is on day 18 before lockdown. Then I occupy myself so I'm not hovering over the bator all hours of the day and night [​IMG].
     
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  9. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candle mine a week after setting them, at 7 days they are very developed. I then candle them right before I put them into lock down.
     
  10. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I tend to check on my eggs pretty frequently too. :)
     

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