Making a home made candeler

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pattgal, May 20, 2011.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    New Brunswick, Canada
    It's probably been done before. the one we saw at the store was nothing but a tin can with a light in it. or it appeared that way anyway
    I could just make one with mirrors to amplify the light or something
    has anyone ever made one from scratch?
    share your stories [​IMG] it would be neat to see the different designs out there, and don't forget to post some pictures [​IMG] [​IMG]

  2. gameboygal12

    gameboygal12 Songster

    Feb 24, 2010
    I just use a bright LED flashlight and wrap my fingers around it so none of the light escapes. It works great! I've also used one of those really bright spotlight flashlights that have to be charged inside of a cardboard box. I cut a little hole in the top to set the egg on it! it worked like a charm!
  3. pattgal

    pattgal Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    New Brunswick, Canada
    yeah i've been using a little flashlight so far. I'm always afraid I'm gonna drop the egg
    it's not bright enough to see through the brown or green eggs. I want to have some pennedenseca eggs shipped to me as well. that will be a tough one
    I think I'm gonna experiment with that tin can Idea and see what I can come up with... I need to hurry up and drink the rest of my coffee so I can use the can, [​IMG]
  4. BawGock

    BawGock Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    Idaho Panhandle, USA
    For my daughter's 4H presentation, my hubbie helped her build the candler that's in "Raising Poultry the Modern Way" by Leonard Mercia.
    It works extremely well and is freestanding so you're holding a flashlight in one hand and an egg in the other.
    I use it on BCM eggs and I can see good enough to know who to throw out at day 18.

  5. Bnemeth

    Bnemeth In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    I stole my husbands pen light and it works perfect for candling eggs! I usually just leave the eggs in the turner and hold the light to the top of the eggs and can see everything inside.
  6. applesweets

    applesweets In the Brooder

    May 20, 2011
    I have a desk lamp with a bright power saver flourescent bulb (nice because it doesn't get too hot) and I took a piece of cardboard and cut a small hole in the middle, smaller than the eggs. I hold the cardboard up against the lamp shade and put the egg on the hole, causing the light to only come out the hole and into the egg. Works AWESOME and didn't cost me anything!
  7. tec27

    tec27 Songster

    May 6, 2011
    Desk lamp with a very strong fluorescent light bulb. Got a tissue box and taped it around the desk lamp. Cut a quarter size hole in the top of it. Cheap and easy and works awesome.

  8. Kermit's shadow

    Kermit's shadow In the Brooder

    May 7, 2011
    A 10 inch length of 6 inch diameter plastic drain. A plywood bottom with a light fitting attached and a 100W halogen bulb. A top of ply with a 2 inch hole in the centre with a thick piece of rubber over the hole, with a 1 inch hole in the rubber. Connect to the supply via a non-latching push to make switch. It will get light through a slab of concrete.

  9. chiknaddiction

    chiknaddiction In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2012
    DeSoto, Missouri
    I just made my own today using an old lamp we had with a busted shade. I was planning on building a can with a hole in it to set on top, but after studying it for a minute figured I could disassemble the lamp and put the light inside the base leaving the wire hole on the top for my candling hole. It worked well. The only thing I need to work on is securing the light inside.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2012

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