My buff orpington is setting eggs, not sure if they are still good

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by quesad00dle, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. quesad00dle

    quesad00dle Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi my buff orpington has been setting eggs for some while, not sure though when she started setting. What are the signs the eggs are about to hatch? I checked
    them this morning and they dont seem bad but the shells seem to have some light patches on them, is the okay?
     
  2. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the incubator, some of my eggs have cheeped and wiggled when they were getting ready to hatch but I think the surest way of knowing if the eggs are still/maybe good is to candle them. You could also try smelling each of them and see if they give off a bad smell.

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  3. quesad00dle

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    Hi Mucky Puppy....I have smelled them, they dont seem to smell. How does one go about candling them. I have not done candling, what signs do you look for
    when candling?
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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  5. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone candles differently but I personally use a strong flashlight and use my hand to direct the light to the egg at the top of my hand. You would need someone to hold the flashlight unless you could wedge it upright somehow. This is a great link to what you are looking for when you candle.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=261876

    Edited to add: Well, At least I need another person to hold the flashlight as I would more than likely drop the egg. You may be less clumsy. [​IMG]
     
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  6. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Take a bright flashlight and go into a dark room. Make an "O" with you thumb and fist, and set the egg in the "O". Turn on the flashlight and hold it up to the bottom of the egg which will allow the light to shine through and you will be able to see the contents of the egg. This link https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=261876 will allow you to see the progression of the chick's development so you can gauge how far along your eggs are.
     
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  7. CelticOaksFarm

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    This is a recently candled 6 day old egg. I use a high lume small flash light in a closet when checking eggs.

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