How Soon Can You Candle An Egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by citychickinthecountry, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. What's the earliest you can candle an egg to see if it's fertile? I am pretty sute that you can see at 3 days, but can you see any sooner? From what I read in the wonderful book co-written by the co-founder of BYC, you can see the chick developing at 3-days, so I'm hoping that at about 24 hours after an egg is laid, you can candle and see something.
  2. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    did you test any before? I always crack on to test them for the bullseye.

    You really don't want to handle them until 7 days for they are fragile.

  3. I've candled some a long time ago, so I know how to do it. The reason I am asking is that I have a Silkie male that I've seen mounting one of my non-laying hens. I have not seen him mounting one of my three laying hens yet and I was just wondering if he's possibly fertilized their eggs or not.

    Since I'm so frustrated with getting all these roosters (check out some of my other posts) and I REALLY wanted more hens for eggs, I thought I might let my laying hens hatch some eggs and see what comes out. I can always take any roosters to the local swap or The Ranch and sell them or give them away. [​IMG] I've got a broody Cochin bantam and a Silkie (both a great mothers, right?).

    I have to think long and hard about this whole idea, but it was just a thought for now. ;p Maybe I'll see if I can talk my boyfriend into going up to The Ranch in Waldo next weekend and seeing what hens anyone has up there. [​IMG]

    What does "the bullseye" mean? I'm kinda a newbie...I mean, I've only had hens for about a year and I've never hatched eggs. [​IMG]
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

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