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Share Your Candling Pics and Videos!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hokankai, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This thread is for us candling junkies to share our pics, videos, experience, as well as ask questions!


    I LOVE candling. Every egg is unique, and even though I've hatched eggs several times the novelty has not worn off. I just can't get over the fact that it feels like you're peeking inside of a womb, but then again I'm a huge biology nerd.

    Here are some candling resources for those who need them:

    How to candle: http://shilala.homestead.com/candling.html

    Days 1-18: http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=73884.0

    Embryo development/incubation tips: http://www.poultryhub.org/physiology/incubation/

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    Here are a few of my favorite candling moments.

    Day 13 sizzle chick practicing its dance moves

    Day 13 chick feet [​IMG]

    Day 14, this chick looks almost transparent!


    Active Day 10 Egg


    Day 10 Embryo
     
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  2. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The objective is to hatch eggs, not to make a motion picture. Can you imagine if in the middle of the night & your sound asleep, someone comes in, shines a bright flash light in your face & yells Fire? What do you suppose your reaction would be & what do you suppose happens to your heart?
    Candling is not so you can see a heartbeat, or see them "do the dance" it's only necessary to see if the egg is fertile or not. That can be done in less than 5 seconds


    What your doing is encouraging people to something that is completely destructive, so you can put it on Facebook? You do what you want, but don't encourage others by implying it's OK. ---It's not.

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  3. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um, these are the candling landmarks... I candle around day 3 as a preliminary fertility check, day 7 as a final fertility check and mark the air cell, day 14 to mark the air cell, and day 18 to mark the air cell and check for viability prior to lockdown. When I see something cool I record it, I see no problem with this.

    No need to be rude and abrasive just because someone does things differently than you. I am a scientist, and therefore I enjoy taking notes and videos and my friends enjoy seeing them too. As you can see each video is no longer than 30 seconds. I have my phone in there with me to record weights, and these videos are accumulated over an extended period of time. Again, if you don't like it, move on.
     
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  4. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may have been rude & abrasive, but I got your attention, didn't I. If you are truly a scientist you should know that you don't encourage people without your expertise to do things that can be detrimental to the development of a growing embryo Most of the post on here are from people that want to know how to candle or what they should look for. Candling to see a heart beat or to see them wiggle is TOTALLY unnecessary & to give them the idea that is what they should be looking for is , pretty much, poor advice.
    Take your pictures, post them on here, just do not encourage others to attempt to do the same. It may be "Fun" for you & your friends, but it could just as well be a disaster for someone without your experience, especially when their results could be a bunch of dead chicks.
     
  5. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you read the first sentence I also mentioned it is a place for questions to be asked and answered. People post questions all the time asking what they should be seeing, is this correct, etc. I never encouraged anyone to do anything, merely post pictures and videos that they've taken in the past.

    Nowhere in my post did I say, "Hey everyone go candle your eggs, it's cool!" I assumed that my intended audience (candling junkies as stated in the first sentence) would be experienced and therefore have a little common sense. I thought that was a given... Again, no advice was given to candle for the sole purpose of entertainment. I intended it to be for people to post interesting things they've seen as part of the normal incubation process. I just happen to find it fascinating :)

    Maybe I'll put a disclaimer in the first post later today. Too annoying to do on a phone.
     
  6. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In all due respect, now it seems you are trying to rationalize your way out of it. I know scientist experiment, but those experiments are meant to inform & educate. The simply fact that you solicit pictures/videos be posted "encourages" people without experience to try. It would be natural for them to think that if you can do it , they can too
    A disclaimer would be great. Something like "Don't try this at home"[​IMG]
     
  7. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I suppose I have a little more faith in people's ability to make wise decisions. At any rate, thanks for your opinion.
     
  8. MommaBee

    MommaBee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the faith! I for one am thrilled about this post! What a great way to learn from one another. So here is my question! I'm new but feel like I have done my research extensively and am finally getting my hands on experience. We have set 28 eggs, they have been in the incubator for 84 hrs. So we did our first fertility check and we are also monitoring the air sac to determine humidity levels for this week. But being new I am having a hard time locating the air sac??? Maybe my eggs are too dark? From all the pics I have seen the sac is at the top and the embro mass is more central. Everything we have going on is all at the top. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    RIR above- is that the ring you don't want to see?


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    EE- above

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    Marans- above
     
  9. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, the problem I see is that you're candling at the bottom (pointy end) of the egg. The air cell is at the other end and should look like a little bubble. That is where I hold my flashlight to candle, right over the air cell, to get the best view of the egg's contents.

    So far those eggs look great! I'm assuming you are incubating them in a turner or cartons in the upright position? If so then this is completely normal, as the blastoderm floats to the top and likes to plant itself right under the air cell. That red mass is the start of the cardiovascular system, or what I like to call the blood island. Soon you will see distinct veins!

    Try candling at the other end of the egg and see if that helps [​IMG]

    This picture shows a good air cell :) http://www.sites.ext.vt.edu/virtualfarm/images/candling3.jpg



     
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  10. MommaBee

    MommaBee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! Thank you! Well I feel silly for doing it at the wrong end but like I said, getting my hands on experience here! And yes I have them this way in the turner, so I assumed this was the way you'd candle.
     

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