is it okay if you don't candle at all?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Roosteroops, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Roosteroops

    Roosteroops Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 20, 2008
    Cary, NC
    I have 20 eggs arriving tomorrow. The bator (Brower TH120 - in case anyone has used this and has suggestions) is all primed and ready.
    After I put the eggs in do I have to candle them at a certain point? Can you just leave them alone except for adding water through the little holes in the top?

    The reason I ask is:

    1) I get all confused looking at the results of candled eggs. I start to second guess myself. (these are extra dark Cuckoo Maran eggs too - hard to candle)
    2) If I "just say no to candling" from the beginning, I'll be less anxious all the way around. Less likely to look too often.

    ***3) BUT!! Does candling prevent possible stinky explosions?
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    STINKY EXPLOSIONS???? Is this possible???
  3. byrandom

    byrandom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2008
    Terrell, TX
    I don't candle any more. I have had a better hatch rate since I stopped hovering. Does it have anything to do with not candling, etc? [​IMG] But I'm not going to tempt it! LOL
  4. Roosteroops

    Roosteroops Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 20, 2008
    Cary, NC
    I don't know - do stinky explosions happen? If you don't candle and therefore don't find a non-fertile or blood ring and so they stay in for the 21 days - will either of those "bad eggs" explode?
  5. Solace

    Solace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2008
    Rutherford County, NC
    I had an egg crack and leak in the incubator, but I think the ones that explode are old eggs to begin with. I know I've cracked open eggs that went the full 21 days and they weren't rotten. Just my opinion though.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2009
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    I think if you dont want to candle its fine Id just give my bator a sniff every 4 or 5 days or a week and not worry about it from what I have read you can certainly smell them befor the explode.[​IMG]
  7. bearfeet3

    bearfeet3 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2009
    No you don't have to. It's probablly a good thing if you don't. There are so many mistakes to be made when candling. The mother hen is the best incubator in the world and you don't see her holding up a flashlight up to her eggs. [​IMG]
  8. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Great, My daughter and I are working on incubating for the 1st time. We tried candling at 7 days but, we have alot of blue, green and dark brown eggs. Did not see much in those. We'll try to leave them alone and just see what happens.
  9. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    Quote:[​IMG] I like your style! o/t, you just reminded me I need to pm you about Polish eggs....

    OP, don't candle if you don't want to. I don't candle my Marans eggs. I'm too cheap to buy a candler that is powerful enough to see anything worth seeing, so why bother? I could candle to track development of the air cell, but then I start to fall into the above-mentioned "hovering" category. So I just let 'em go. Thing is, you're never gonna know what you really got in those eggs 'till day 21. [​IMG]

    I do like to candle my Polish eggs, which I can easily see into w/my homemade flashlight-in-a-box candler (oh so classy) [​IMG] I do toss clears in these eggs, because I can clearly see through the shell and I know for certain I'm tossing eggs that really didn't develop. But mainly I candle 'cause it's awfully interesting to see what is going on inside the eggs.

    In short, I'm a fan of the less fuss method. I get better results that way. What I do about temp and humidity (or don't do) would shock and horrify most hatch-a-holics.... [​IMG]
  10. chicklady63

    chicklady63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2009
    I once had an egg explode at around day 12-14 days - I did not smell any odor at all before it happened, or see any seepage, but when it did it was the worst smell (and mess) inside my incubator and home I have even experienced. I will always candle at the 7 and 14 day mark after that dreadful experience. The mother hen gets off her nest and feeds, etc., so I think that perhaps a cooling off time is natural and perhaps beneficial even. I know it especially is with geese. A rotten egg blowing up in your incubator is a terrible thing. Just my opinion.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2009

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