Is lockdown, day 18 or day 19???????????? and what I saw candling

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wannabchick, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    thank you all,

    I tried candling my eggs. LMAO, you should have seen me.. in the bathroom trying to hold this maglite all panicked I am going to drop the egg, then I see something~ Movement, I saw movement in 3/10 eggs.. the other eggs were black looking solid with maybe some clear area in just about 1/10th of it.. so I couldnt see anything. Is that normal, on 6 more days left~ and not seeing any movement?

    Then another egg litteraly no joke if you held the egg up and looked at it... think of those drawings when a child draws an oval and then takes black and colors around the top of the oval ( egg)and sides black like their coloring in hair. The black just swooped around it, is that the chicken?? LOL/no movement though

    I have looked at lots of candling photos, and maybe my maglite isnt strong enough??????????? maybe that is the issue

    My Brisnea says- 6 more days. I want to make sure I lock down on the right day, so if I had set it at 21 days. Then do I lock it down, ( take all eggs out remove tray add paper towels, On Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.. LMAO

    Another words when it says 2 more days left or 3 More days left?

    I am sooooooooo eggcited!!! my kids are so eggcited- my 12 year old when he saw the movement in the egg.. jumped as if it freaked him out. Hey he's a 12 year old boy. LMAO/ I said.. what you think its going to jump out the egg onto you!!!! hehehehhehe
     
  2. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=261876

    This
    thread will show you step by step what the eggs look like candled each day [​IMG] There are even videos of movement within the egg. I think the dark eggs, with only 6 more days to go, are right on track. By day 14, Silkiechicken could not see through my eggs at all.

    And I can relate to the candling experience...I'm terrified I will drop one or squeeze it too hard! I lock down on day 17 for my Seramas and 18 for everything else. I start counting the day I put the eggs in the incubator, if this helps. I do all of it manually so I can't help you with what your incubator is telling you....
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Lockdown is day 18, so there are three full days with raised humidity: days 19, 20, 21.
     
  4. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    aweeeeeeeeeeeee... thanks everyone.. cause I do have.. silkies, sermomas and fizzle coochins in there.. MMNNNNNNN... so lets see some of you.. start lock down 17.. ayayaaaaaaaaaa.. I am getting so excited..
    thanks all
     
  5. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:I only start lock down on day 17 for my seramas because they notoriously hatch early so I like to give them the extra day. However, when I hatched a mixture like yours last January, I let them go till day 18. They did hatch a day early - day 20 instead of 21 - but were fine.
     
  6. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    thanks so much.. zoo mommy.. I am sad.. cause I do beleive my silkie are the eggs that are not looking right candled.. boo hoo...
    thank you so much though
     
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:[​IMG] I know how you feel. I have 5 duds out of 8 eggs I fear. Always disappointing. Good luck with the rest of them!
     
  8. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Just got 6 bearded buff silkies from the auction.. sooooooooooooooooooooooooo crossing my fingers.. I will put those in next week.. and viola... get some silkies then..
    thanks again for your help
     

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