My Current Candling Device

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by speckledhen, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I use this projector turned so the beam points upward and place a washcloth with a small hole cut into it over the beam to concentrate it and to cushion the egg. Works like a charm. I had an even older one, but the bulb burned out. DH was an art student and had several projectors in the bsmt, but I bet lots of people have them in their attics or bsmts.
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Thanks! I hope I can find one before I set eggs again. I think it might work pretty good on my marans eggs.....or at least better than the light I've been using. [​IMG]
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    That sure beats my little flashlight!
  4. [​IMG] I'm just s-o-l again, I don't have either.

    If I ever see a projector, I'll nab it.

    I get a thrill when I see veins and a heart beating for the first time.
    And a greater thrill at Day 17, when I can see that egg full of chick give that last wiggle that is moving it toward hatching position.
    (and I'm guilty of just candling an egg to watch it squirm around).
    For the most part, I don't NEED to candle --- I just enjoy doing it.
    Sometimes, when I have a very active embryo on the candler, I call Hubby to come and see. He is unimpressed and says you showed me last week and the week before and isn't it more of the same? Genuinely unimpressed.
    I can't imagine not being moved by seeing life in an egg shell (you all understand).
    It's just another ordinary miracle today.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I'm guilty of the same thing, Lisa! [​IMG] It is completely awe-inspiring how the chick forms inside and then how the heck it does the contortions to get itself out... just a miracle. I do get a thrill out of candling and this projector makes that even better. Gee, I think the bulbs are something like 300 watts, so you can imagine how much detail you can see. Keep an eye out for one!
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I remember the pic of the old one. Your new one looks cool. I was wondering the same thing. How in the heck do they do it? They are so fragile.
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    When I helped with a class room hatching project acouple years ago now, the teacher decided to use her film projector so we could candle the eggs...amazing how well it works, every tiny little vein could be seen at 7 days and that was brown eggs!...
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    You guys are talking me into scrounging up an old projector from somewhere...
  9. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    Out of curiosity.. how hot does that thing get?

    My mother gave me a SUPER bright LED lamp.. eye burning if I look directly at it, but wow it heats up. I had a rolled sock on it while candling, and in just a few minutes the sock started to smoke!

  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    It gets hot, but there is a fan blowing the entire time and it has an in-between setting on the switch that turns off the bulb, but keeps the fan running to cool down the bulb before you just suddenly switch it off. So, yes, it does get hot, but there is an "exhaust fan" blowing so most of the really intensely hot air comes out holes in the back away from the lens.

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