Should I candle?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Corey NC, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    I am having such trouble with resisting to candle! I am on day five and I was planning on waiting til day seven but it is SO hard! [​IMG]

    So should I candle or not?
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2007
  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    it will be better if you can tell more by then
  3. beebiz

    beebiz Songster

    Jul 2, 2007
    W. Tennessee
    And, the less often you open the incubator, the more stable the temp and humidity inside will stay! ....better for the embryos!!
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Corey, I usually wait till at least Day Five and I have a very good candler. It's best to wait another day or two. With those Ameracanas I sent you, you won't need to candle after Day 14 because you probably won't be able to see a thing by then except DARK. All of Charlotte's eggs in my bator are developing very well so you should have good fertility on them. Crossing fingers for you!
  5. snugglepup

    snugglepup Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Creedmoor, NC
    I say it depends on what color eggs you have. If they are white eggs, I can frequently see veins on day 3, definitely can see stuff by 5. If they are darker eggs, its better to wait.

    And yes... I am an obsessive candler. LOL!
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I confess, I've been known to candle at day 3 with brown eggs, LOL.
  7. [​IMG] Well, there you go. Follow what logic you will .

    I candle when it is logical for me to candle.
    I candle on Day 7 when I want to add new eggs to the bator.
    IF there are duds, I want to get them OUT of the way to make room for hatchable eggs.

    Good luck,
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Quote:Haha, me too! You can just start to see the blood island!
  9. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I'm on day 11 and won't candle. I don't wanna know.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    blood island

    That's a good description! I love that! Seriously, though, you really need to have some candling experience and a really good light to do it that early with brown eggs, but once I had to know early. Sometimes I am incubating just to test fertility and then early candling is called for.​

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