Question on Candling Brown Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dennis Linton, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Dennis Linton

    Dennis Linton Hatching

    Mar 26, 2016
    Madoc, Ontario, Canada
    Although I am sure that my question has to have been answered many times previously, I have Googled ad nauseum without finding an answer.

    I have 10 Light Brahma eggs, which are brown, in my incubator (located in my home office) that I candled late last night at about day 6.25. Now I could just wait and see what happens but I happened to luck out yesterday and got 11 turkey eggs for a test hatch - I get half the turkey poults. So, thing now is that if my chicken eggs are not good, I do not want to risk the turkey eggs.

    I made a candling device from a table lamp, spaghetti sauce can, toilet paper tube and an LED light bulb (brighter than a 40W incandescent). My vision is not great. Anyhow, I was disappointed when I failed to observe an distinct spot or blood vessels. All I could see was a dark mass come by as I rolled each egg on its long axis. I thought it was the yolk. However, I candled three fresh eggs and found that I could not identify a similar mass - no sign of yolks at all.

    Now I am a little baffled. I did not see what I expected to but, by the same token, each egg contains a dark mass that is not present in fresh eggs. My question then is that, on the balance of probabilities, is it likely that I have good fertile chicken eggs in my incubator .... or duds?

    This is my first experience with an incubator.

    Best regards,
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2016

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