How long can I safely keep the eggs out for candling?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by goatkeepers, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's still quite a ways away, but I was wondering how long I can safely hold the eggs outside the bator when I candle? Do I need to hurry or are they ok for 5 min. or so?
     
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Why do you need so much time to candle?
     
  3. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it's my first time incubating and therefor candling as well and I'm sure it will take me a little while to get oriented and all. Then trying to figure out what I am seeing (it's brown eggs, on top of it. [​IMG] ). I was just wondering if they are alright for that time span. I doubt it is really gonna take me 5 minutes, but just to be safe I wanted to know, theoretically.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Don't take them out if you don't have to. If you have a small bright flash light you can candle them in the bator. Handling them eventually we all drop one or two. [​IMG] I use my surefire and just run it over the eggs. If there is something int here to see you will see it if your light is bright.
     
  5. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I will try that. I think I will wait until day 5 or 6 since they are brown eggs. I probably won't see anything before that, right?
     
  6. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd wait til 10 so it will be more obvious, but you will probably be too excited [​IMG] . Yeah, it wont take long with a bright light. Good Luck......what are you going to be hatching???
     
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  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Day 7 is a better day to try and see the veins. Have a super bright light and you shouldn't have trouble seeing through those brown shells - unless they are welsummers.
     
  8. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    When I have candled I have had to take the eggs out to get them some place dark enough to see them, but I have never had them out of the bator for more than a minute. I hold my breath and with the egg in both hands ( [​IMG] ), tip toe to the dark closet to candle them. It shouldn't take very long to candle. You won't need 5 minutes per egg! [​IMG]
     
  9. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    Yeah, it shouldn't take very long, especially once you get the hang of it. The less time the better..... but all the sites I have been to say 5 mins or so won't harm it. But, even so it won't take that long [​IMG]
     
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  10. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I don't know if you've seen this website or not yet, but I thought I would share it just in case! It has helped me know what to look for when I've candled. [​IMG]

    http://www.shilala.com/candling.html
     

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