My first candling EVER! Experts? Help! *Pics*

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Catalina, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Minnesota
    I candled my silkie eggs for the first time. Gulp! [​IMG]
    These were shipped eggs and my broody hen is doing the hatching.

    Some of the pics are hard to see.....but.....What do you think?

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    edited to add: This is DAY 7 candling.
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2009
  2. Chef

    Chef Chicken Connoisseur

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    To me it looks like number 4 is the best pic but unfortunately it looks like a clear or no good. The others are very hard to tell. Your hand is casting a very bad shadow. Sorry maybe someone else has a better eye. Good luck.


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  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    What day are you on? Pic #4 is clear...meaning it never started developing. The others, I would say are growing babies, but it is really hard to tell. It looks like you are holding them with the pointy end up? If you hold your light at the top (the fat end) and shine it down through the egg it is much easier to see.
     
  4. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like they are all good except number 4. Nice Job! Good Luck![​IMG]
     
  5. NapsWithChickens

    NapsWithChickens ZZZZzzzzz....

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    I candled my eggs last night and had a terrible time! It was SO hard to see through the dark brown marans eggs: argh! I couldn't take pictures, so this thread is super helpful to me - thank you!

    Oh, it was day #7... we had one definate dud (looked alot like your number four, but very pore-full), one visible dark chick growing and five "idunnos"! LOL ... I plan to candle again at day 14. Does that sound right to you all?
     
  6. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Minnesota
    Quote:Yeah, it's really hard to hold the egg and take a pic.
    And these are cream colored, I can't imagine how hard dark colored eggs would be to see!

    I'll try to do better next time. Or find a helper.
     
  7. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out the "holder" I made on this thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=139223&p=3

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    posted pics of it right under your candled egg pics. Maybe something like this will help you take a better pic. To get the last pic of my candled egg, I had to use a tripod and play with my camera settings to get it clear enough to work. It is a real pain to get a good clear pic of something so dark!

    Hope your hatch goes well! [​IMG]
     
  8. NapsWithChickens

    NapsWithChickens ZZZZzzzzz....

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    Livin-green,
    That looks like a very doable candling set up. I'm going to buy one of those drink cozies and try your way next week when I candle the 12 (gulp!) eggs under my blue wyandotte. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  9. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Minnesota
    Quote:[​IMG] Thanks for the idea!

    Should i discard the clear egg?
    It won't develop now, right?
     
  10. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    pic #4 looks to be a infertile egg it will not develop.
     

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