Is it necessary to candle eggs on day 7 or can you just wait until day 14?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sire12, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. Sire12

    Sire12 Songster

    Aug 29, 2016
    Northern Ireland
    I'm new to incubation and have been reading up on what to look for when candling and some articles are saying even if you're unsure if they're good or bad eggs on day 7 then leave them in until day 14 just to be sure, it's day 6 for me now and I'm wondering if I should disturb them tomorrow or not if it's not going to make any difference? I know that bad eggs can burst if not removed but not sure at what point this can happen, would any bad eggs burst before day 14
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  2. Punkybrewster

    Punkybrewster Songster

    Feb 23, 2018
    Upstate sc
    I personally have never had an egg burst by day 14. If i was patent enough, i would wait until then to candle because by that time its usually much easier to see and youre not opening the incubator unnecessarily.
  3. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

    Oct 10, 2016
    Southern Ohio
    I candle at day 7,10,14 and 17. I toss any clears at day 10. I check so frequently to keep an eye on my air cell development.
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  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Sometimes I don't candle at all, except at transfer to the hatcher. I weigh eggs instead.

    I don't remove unless they leak or stink.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
  5. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    Jan 19, 2018
    My Coop
    I candle kind of whenever. But under the broody, it was days 6 and I think 18. She was a funny little thing, so candling wasn't a problem.
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  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I definitely never candle eggs under a broody. I ignore her till it is time to count chicks.
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