Is it bad to handle eggs too much?

Teresaann24

Songster
11 Years
Jul 29, 2008
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Eastern, Kentucky
I am on day 7 in my incubation I am learning and turning by hand. I have candled every night for the past 7 days to watch how the eggs change in just a matter of a day. Someone told me it was bad for me to handle the eggs so much? Is this true? and by me turning them by hand have i always messed up this hatch?
 

needtohatch

Songster
10 Years
Feb 27, 2009
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6
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Hart Co
Hens don't sit still for 21 days, so the eggs would not either. Just make sure your hands are clean and move them slow and gently. I can't get enough candling either!
 

Teresaann24

Songster
11 Years
Jul 29, 2008
3,923
15
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Eastern, Kentucky
Good I use that hand sanitizing stuff before and after everytime I touch them..LOL I think now though I will hold off on candling so much and wait till day 18 to candle again.
 

BawGock

Songster
11 Years
Jan 21, 2009
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Idaho Panhandle, USA
I handled my first hatch way too much and had 11 out of 12 hatch perfectly.
Now on my second hatch I'm not touching them at all and had to cull 6 out of 24 at day 7 when I candled, 2 infertiles and 4 blood rings.
But I do have to add that 12 of these are shipped eggs though half my culls came from my own 12 eggs.
So go figure!

Carolyn
 

william9792

Songster
11 Years
Nov 23, 2008
796
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graham, nc
i have found that the more i candle the eggs, the lower my hatch rate is. but i have seen others post they candle them each day
 

al6517

Real Men can Cook
11 Years
May 13, 2008
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I recently went to visit a friend in the hospital, and got a whole box of those blue latex gloves, I plan to use these when handling eggs for candling and when ever.

AL
 

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