how in the world do you candle ( candling )an easter egg...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wildrooster1, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. wildrooster1

    wildrooster1 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2013
    my ameracauna hen has been laying beautiful dark green eggs, but for the life of me can't figure out how to candle them to tell if they are fertile... any suggestions would be a blessing, thanks in advanced..
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2013
  2. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    you cant really tell if they're fertile by candling them. You can tell if there is a developing embryo by candling them. crack the egg open to see if it is fertile. To see if there is a developing embryo, candle them with a maglite. I found maglites to be the best. They are really strong to penetrate the color of the egg.
  3. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    Fertility is checked first by breaking one open and looking for the bullseye in the egg.
    Once you are incubating, I never bother candling an EE egg until at least 2 weeks. The shell is too opaque to see much before then and the only thing you really do see is the light portion of the air sac vs the dark chick. If you have a clear, it is very obvious at that point in comparison.

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