Kids are so very impatient! When can I show them results via candling?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HeatherLynn, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. HeatherLynn

    HeatherLynn Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Kentucky, Cecilia
    So the kids are closely following my first attempt at hatching chickens. I have never incubated any eggs with them. So we are 5 hours short of 3 full days and they are very insistent that the eggs must be overdue. No amount of explaining convinces them. My son is positive the chicks are moving in the eggs so much by now that they are rattling the table they are on. They aren't but whatever. So thinking candling them and letting them see would help but really all we could see was the air sac. Nothing else. These are light brown to dark brown eggs. At what point will there be something to show them.

  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    If you've never candled eggs before I'd wait till day 10 to candle. On white or light colored eggs someone who's candled before can generally see veins by day 3. Darker eggs are much harder to see.
  3. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Songster

    Jul 13, 2010
    Savannah, NY
    Get a big calender at the dollar store.. Get a red marker.

    Make big X's as the days go by. make pre planned candling dates, lockdown dates with big
    "DO NOT TOUCH!" written over three days. Draw a chick hatching on the 21st day.

    They will love it and if they have any questions they can refer tot he calender!
  4. Silkie eggs I candle on day 3 and can see good veining. Larger eggs or brown eggs I wait from 7-10 days to candle.

  5. toto65

    toto65 Chirping

    Jun 26, 2010
    Holland, VT
    I love the calender idea. I will have to use it when I hatch again with my grandson. He get VERY impatient! But he loves the baby birds.

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