new to the hatchery

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hotredz, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. hotredz

    hotredz New Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    we are new to hatching and thought it would be a good experiment for our kids to watch a chicken develop. I have approx 30 eggs that i got from my work on a farm to see if they could be hatched. The chickens look like isa reds, we would like to know how to candle a brown egg as they don't seem to be transparent as white ones. If anyone can help we have 3 children who have already started naming the eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Freindly bump for ya
  3. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    I'm new to this too. I'll tell you what worked for me. I have 'scovie eggs and they are white and I had no problem candleing them. Yesterday my step dad brought me some mallard eggs he just about plowed under in the field.. They are brown but I don't know how dark they are compared to your eggs, but my normal candleing method didn't work for these. So I took the hubbys huge (think its called 1 000 000 candle light) flash light and covered the light part with tin foil with just a small egg shaped hole cut in the tin foil. In a dark room I held the eggs up to the light and can now see a little ducky embryo swimming around.
    Hope this helps
    Good luck.
  4. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    Really bright LED flashlights work well. I found one at Wal-mart in the camping section.
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I use an old slide projector for candling. It works quite well!
  6. Ruditchka

    Ruditchka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    I've even used a "Pringles" potato chip can slid over any lamps light bulb(lamp shade removed) with an oval cut out of the bottom just a hair smaller than egg size so they can't fall through. Works great but do it in dark room to intensify what you're seeing, it makes all the difference if done in the dark! The pringles can fits snuggly around standard light bulb and has foil type interior insulation which seems to prevent any fire hazard. I've had the light on for quite some time w/60 and 75w bulbs w/ no problem. Its a cheap but efficient way of canseling and only costs about a buck, but you also get free chips then also!!!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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