My first candling experience!

Stephanie739

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Oct 7, 2011
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So exciting. My first broody began sitting almost 2 weeks ago, and I just candled for the first time. I wasn't really sure what I was looking for...I couldn't see much in the darker colored eggs, only dark areas with the light area on the other side of the egg. Is that light area the air pockets I hear people speak of? I'm guessing that the dark area is the chick itself, and growing. I was able to see movement in a few of the lighter eggs. And to my surprise I pulled out an egg that had no dark area. I then I noticed it was also missing the orange marker X. Any thoughts?
 

nurse_turtle

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8 Years
May 28, 2011
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I have to check under my broodies every day, usually twice a day to remove the new eggs laid by my other girls. I currently have 5 turkey eggs under her, so I didn't have to mark them this time in order to tell the difference, but if there's an egg laid nearby, she will roll it into her nest. Great job candling! How fun!
 

Stephanie739

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8 Years
Oct 7, 2011
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lol i know that one was a new egg. It didn't have the orange x! I was just surprised to see it under the light before I realized it had only been laid today :)

Thanks for replying everyone!! I am very excited about this. My children were fascinated too. Its really nice to have people to share my enthusiasm with!
 

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