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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gofasterstripe, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Can you tell by candling the egg what color the duckling is inside the egg. Will say, a mallard ducking be darker in the egg than lets say a Pekin duck in the shell. Im talking down the line, maybe a week or less before it hatches. Curiosity just got the better of me over this.

  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    Not a question that made me bust out laughing so no not silly

    I cannot tell that way...

    That probably doesn't help but i am not feeling helpful...okay..I am now...never seen colors while candeling...so i am going with not a good way
  3. OK...Thank You [​IMG]
  4. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    The fact that they are wet in the egg would be one issue stopping colour being seen. Remember - they come out looking one colur, but can look entirely different once fluffed up too. You can see colour through the shell- or else the veins would not be seen- but by the time the duckling is big enough to have recognisable down- they are too big in the egg to see much but shadows or detect movement. Interesting question though... it would be good if it were possible.
  5. toadbriar

    toadbriar Songster

    Jan 28, 2010
    central massacheezits
    I wondered this too! But I've hatched a few black & white ducks - like big patches of black on white - & was not able to see even a hint of that when candling. You can see the eyeball though very early on, that's awfully neat [​IMG]
  6. Quote:Ok I getcha. We had that when Blue my mini was born. He was born bay, when we went to see him the next morning we were amazed to see a cream clolred mini in there when he was all dryed but as he got older and lost his baby fuzz he went dark again. You can see it in my facebook photos of Blue growning up.
    I saw a comment on the chicken page about someone seeing a dark colored chicken in the shell and it got me thinking if you could see the color difference between dark and light colored ducks. Oh well, now I have my answer.
  7. Quote:Yeah I candled my eggs yesterday and they were just a boppin in their shells. Quite cool to see actually

  8. ejctm

    ejctm Songster

    Apr 25, 2009
    About 2 weeks before hatch, I could tell the difference between my black duckling and the lighter ones in the eggs. Once its body pressed up against the shell, it was just darker than the others! I thought it was a bad egg at first! Of course I did not know until it hatched that it would be black inside.
  9. Quote:Funny you should say that. I said to my Dh yesterday that Lonesome egg looked darker at this time frame than these two. My 3 eggs are 6 days apart. My 1st egg (only 1 viable out of 7!) is dark and comparing it to the other 2 I have in there compared to the same time for the other egg. ..if you get what I mean. Lonesome egg is due on the 14th the other 2 due on the 20th
  10. ejctm

    ejctm Songster

    Apr 25, 2009
    I guess we don't have long to wait then, before we know for sure!

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