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How long to wait to candle brown and green eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kolijah, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. Kolijah

    Kolijah Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm doing my first incubator hatch. I'm on day 8 right now and just hoping I'm doing it right.

    My question is how long do you usually wait to candle brown and green eggs? I couldn't wait any longer and candled two of them last night (day 7) and didn't see squat... I could see a dark blob in the eggs but that was about it. I read somewhere that you should wait longer to candle the darker colored eggs.

    I've been checking my eggs regularly the past few months and I know they are fertile...

    I want to hear what you guys do! I'm super nervous that my first incubator attempt is going to be a total flop. I attached pictures so you can see what color my eggs are. The green egg is a little bit darker than it is showing in the picture.

    The brown eggs are from a rhode island red hen and a black sex link. I didn't put any white eggs in the incubator.


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  2. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    at 7 days you should be able to see development.


    i know it's not easy for most people to not be interactive with their eggs, but myself i place eggs in the incubator and then i give the vents a sniff test daily (sometimes multiple times daily if i'm in the incubator room) and as long as i don't smell a bad egg i don't touch them till they go to the hatcher. quail eggs and any really dark eggs (Marans for example) go straight from incubator to hatcher without ever getting candled, all other eggs get candled before going into the hatcher and any infertile or quitters are tossed out. there really isn't any need to do anything other then that so i don't.
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I don't know if it's the pic or not, but your browns don't look that much darker than mine and I don't have any problem seeing in them with a bright flashlight. The greens on the other hand, past the first couple of days I can't see squat. I look around the bottom of the air cell for veining and can usually make out a vein or two there. As long as I see the veining, I'm happy. If I don't smell anything bad, they all stay in after day 7 candle. I spot check by candling every night plus I use days 7/14/18 to monitor my air cells to judge if I need to adjust my humidity. I swear by candling and using the air cells, especially for newbies to help understand and judge their humidity levels.
     
  4. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in the same situation as you right now with trying to candle the darker eggs. I have some really dark green eggs that I cannot see ANYTHING in, including the air cell. I do have white and brown eggs in the bator that I can candle and have been using those to judge my air cells. I also have some blue quail that are way too small to try to candle. So honestly I am going off of the lighter eggs and hoping for the best.

    I think the reason that you are hearing some people say to candle the darker eggs later is so that you may have a better chance of seeing a dark blob - anything that may be the chick. It really has nothing to do with the health or well-being of the egg. I have a couple that I was able to do this with, but by far and away I can't see anything.
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    blue quail? Ok, you need to send me pics. I don't think I have ever seen those.

    It's easier to see the development earlier in lighter eggs. My light brownish/pink (I still think they are more pink than brown) and my whites I can see as early as three days, the mediums sometimes it's closer to 5 days, because the development has to be further advanced and darker before I can spot them through the darker shells.
     
  6. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I can't wait!!!! I have 29 in the bator right now. A little over a week to go. I started out with 30 eggs but accidentally cracked one putting it in the bator. The eggs are so small... about half the size of regular Coturnix quail eggs. Of course only the males are blue!!! So I will be keeping a few of those. I will keep a few females too. They came from several differently flocks so I should be able to mate them. If they all hatch I am really not sure what I will do with 29 Blue quail... they are too pretty to eat (of course I have never eaten any of my birds! LOL!!!)
     
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