Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Emily 25, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. Emily 25

    Emily 25 New Egg

    Jul 1, 2016
    Hi I am newbie at raising chickens and I had a question about eggs. So I have had my chickens since they were chicks and now they are finally laying eggs :) and when I decide to have some more chicks I am going to let my hen hatch them so my question is can I candle the eggs after the first week to make sure they are developing alright and put it back without harming it?
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2013
    Southern Illinois
    Welcome to BYC! Yes you can. In fact, you should. Check to see if everything is going well, and then discard any nonviable eggs that aren't showing signs of development. I usually only candle twice. Around day seven (sometimes I wait a little later, no later than day 10 though) and day 18. I don't mess with eggs at all after day 18, whether in an incubator or under a hen. Sometimes I may slip one more candle between day 7 & 18, but usually no more than that. [​IMG]
  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Hi Emily!
    Welcome to BYC.

    What kind of chickens do you have?
  4. Emily 25

    Emily 25 New Egg

    Jul 1, 2016
    Thank you! Ever since I have had my chickens I have always used BYC to look up questions that I had. And from everything I was reading on here that's what I thought but everybody was using an incubator so I just wanted to be sure that it would be okay to candle when letting the hen do the hatching. And I have 4 Orpingtons, 2 Barred Rocks but one is my rooster and 2 Rhoad Island Reds.
  5. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Hi! Welcome to BYC! Thanks for joining us!
  6. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey, welcome to BYC :D
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Your hens have to be "broody," to want to sit and hatch eggs. You cannot make them go broody. Some breeds are broodier than others, like Buff orps.
  8. Emily 25

    Emily 25 New Egg

    Jul 1, 2016
    Thank y'all for welcoming me!!! Oh ok is there a time period or season when hens get broody or does it just depend on the hen?
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Broodiness depends on the individual hen. I've had a hen go broody and hatch out her first eggs. We took the first ever one, she hid the next 12 from us and hatched the lot. Raised and weaned the chicks and did it all over again when she resumed laying. I also had a hen that went broody twice, aged 4 years and 6 years respectively. And hens that never went broody at all… and everything in-between! Some breeds, like Silkies, are very prone to brooding, some seldom if ever go broody. I'd say with your flock, depending on the ladies hormone levels, there is a chance you'd get some moms. You can encourage them by leaving a few "bait" eggs in the nest for them, I've had some success (intentional and accidental) with this method. Just make sure you mark and remove them once a hen falls for it, and replace it with fresh eggs.

    Regarding candling, yes absolutely candle them and check. I pulled a rotten egg from my incubator 2 weeks ago. Enough said [​IMG]
  10. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey welcome to BYC :D

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