I just candled my eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ccrecelius, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. ccrecelius

    ccrecelius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These eggs were given to me after they had set out up to 14 days. These are my first eggs to try and hatch in my home-made incubator. I tried to candle them today, day 5. They are brown eggs and I do not know if my LED mini Maglite is a good enough candler source. But it looked like about half of the eggs are half full of something dark. What do you think? [​IMG]
     
  2. R3Rugrats

    R3Rugrats Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds like they're good. Set them back in and let them go the rest of the way. Brown eggs, I find are hard to candle and see much. Good luck and let us know what happens. [​IMG]
     
  3. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brown eggs are hard to candle. I use a small led light and it works ok. If its real dark inside then thats real good. Good luck with the hatch.
     
  4. ccrecelius

    ccrecelius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so, half of the egg being dark inside is good [​IMG]


    I have no idea what I am doing BTW!!!
     
  5. candyd

    candyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Luck with your hatch. I hope you get many pips [​IMG]
     
  6. ccrecelius

    ccrecelius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you very much. Surprisingly this is a little scary!
     
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:Yes, it is good if half the egg is dark.... it means there is a chicky growing inside, when you candle again when its near day 21 the whole egg should be dark !!!!
     
  8. wraith2626

    wraith2626 Out Of The Brooder

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    With my brown eggs I found that two light sources helped me. I had a homemade candler I would sit the egg on top off and a very bright LED flashlight I would have best success with from the end not on the candler. I would move the LED light around finding the best view to see what I needed to see. I had your problem though up until about day 10 or so. They just looked half full of dark matter.

    Wait until you are looking at that and straining to see something at all, and then the dark fluid inside moves and an eyeball is clearly pressed on the side. [​IMG]

    My kids loved that - they wanted to candle every hour to see the magic eyeball!

    Try two lights...both bright (watch the heat generated though) and see if that helps with the darker eggs.

    Good luck.
     
  9. ccrecelius

    ccrecelius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all so much! I know that I sound like a kid, but this is exciting and scary! Now, I know what all of the hype is about. [​IMG]
     
  10. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    gooooooooooooooooooooooood luck:)
     

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