How to candle dark shelled eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aalbury, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. aalbury

    aalbury Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone here mentioned a particular light to use and I can't find the thread! What is recommended? I am on day 10 and have gone through several different attempts with multiple types of light sources!

    Someone mentioned one exploding and now I'm worried.
     
  2. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was unable to candle my Ameracunas because the shells are too dark. Actually I wasn't sure of what I was looking for. I read in the book what to look for but figured I would just wait and see what hatched. I figured I didn't want to throw out a good egg. I was concerned that a rotten one might explode but figured "what the heck". None did explode although one did start leaking. I removed that one.
     
  3. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use two methods to candle, I have a small mag lite with a piece of rubber hose slipped over the end. Make sure there is a even cut on the hose, use sand paper on flat surface. Then hold the light to the large end with the air sack in a dark room. You may not see veins but your egg should turn dark after a couple weeks and you will be able to see movement. I also use a box with the 100w bulb inside, drill a few air holes on top to vent. The candle hole is actually on the side with a short piece of PVC pipe to help keep the heat away from the egg. Again use the light in a dark room and candle the large end holding the egg horizontally. With the second method I can see veins even with brown eggs.
     
  4. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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  6. aalbury

    aalbury Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think that's the one!

    I wish you'd tried that cheap one NtC! But I've tried a spot light, perhaps I just am not doing something right?
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:I think that's the one!

    I wish you'd tried that cheap one NtC! But I've tried a spot light, perhaps I just am not doing something right?

    I want to try it! But it's getting too cold here. So I have to wait til spring.

    I can tell you though, it is SO bright, you can't look at the light. Hurts your eyes. I'm hoping it works out well. If not, then I'll buy the cool lite candler.
     
  8. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Heres what I made with a brinkman Q-Beam spot light from walmart. Please ignore the redneck style we all us duck tape right [​IMG]

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  9. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:please let me know if this light works for the dark eggs... i can't see diddly in my greens... the light just doesn't even penetrate.....
    i'd like to be able to pull out quiters to make room in case i accidentally get more eggs in the mail.... lol...
     
  10. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's what I use for Marans eggs:

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    I work in an office building, and sent an e-mail to the building maintenance dept., asking them to watch for any old slide projectors being thrown out. Less than a week later, they brought this honkin' heavy thing up to my desk. DH built a little wooden box for it so that the lens points up toward the ceiling, and I took an old washrag, folded it over and cut a small oval-shaped hole in it, then rubber-banded the washrag over the lens. It works great, and it was free!
     

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