Questions - Candling 33 Silkie & Bantam Cochin Eggs


10 Years
May 1, 2009
Rockford MI
My Coop
My Coop
I have 33 eggs in my Hovabator Genesis. Tomorrow will be day 7 and I haven't opened the lid since I started. A few questions:

- Is it okay to keep the lid off long enough to candle all 33 eggs, or should I split up the candling? If I split it up, how long should I have it open at a time? I have them in a turner, and am hoping to try candling without removing them from the turner, but not sure if I will be able to get the right angle with my flashlight. Using a Coleman MAX LED flashlight with 140 lumens.

- After 7 days in the incubator, should I be able to get rid of the eggs that show no signs of development? Not sure if there are "late bloomers" or if they should all look about the same if they are going to hatch.

(A little cooler in my basement, so I have it set to 100.3 to maintain around 99.8 temp)
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B J Hopkins

7 Years
Feb 14, 2012
Central Missouri
A hen sitting on eggs will generally leave the nest each day for around 30 minutes to eat, drink and defecate. You should be able to candle your eggs in less time than that.

Don't know if you can candle them by leaving them in the turner holder.


13 Years
Feb 12, 2009
Yes it is fine to leave the lid off while you candle. Just think of a hen she gets off at least once a day sometimes for an hour or more. Make sure you leave the plugs out. The babies need fresh air. Good luck

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