Is it necessary to candle?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by yanks26, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. yanks26

    yanks26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cant you just let the eggs take their course and if they get infected then they just wont hatch and thatll be that.
     
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  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes candleing is for those that dont want to be surprized to find out how many hatch.
     
  3. yanks26

    yanks26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so it isnt a mandatory step? Its just to get rid of ones wasting space?
     
  4. Suellyn

    Suellyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not mandatory, but if you have a rotten egg, could explode and ruin the rest of your hatch, so good to know in advance if something is non-viable sometimes!!!

    Also personally think it is incredibly COOL to see the developement, embryos moving, etc., etc., but that's just me... Broodies have been doing it for centuries without a flashlight to help them!!!!
     
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:^^^^ I second this! [​IMG]
     
  6. yanks26

    yanks26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the heads up. With that being said, I will candle my eggs.
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    you could just periodically do a 'sniff' test. If there is a bad egg in there, you would surely smell it. Then you could candle. But it really doesn't hurt them, provided you don't do it every day, and roll them every which way in the process!
     
  8. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have worried about exploding eggs since I first started this. I have had one go bad but was able to get to it before it blew. I did have one explode on a broody on the 17th day. It was horrible. Candle on day 10 and remove any eggs that are not developing. There is not reason not to candle. Mommies get off the nest once a day for up to 10 minutes so be safe not sorry.
     
  9. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Quote:I agree on the sniff test. I think the "bator" runs and hatches much better when you keep the door closed and let it run. There isn't any smell quite like a rotten egg and I can smell them when I go in the room.

    Steve in NC
     

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