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Taking a picture of the egg when candling (update)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Freebie, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    Hey, does anyone know how to do this? I will be candling the 3 eggs under Buffy tonight and thought I would take some pictures in case I can not figure out what is going on. I then can ask for some advice here. With pictures. I don't want to make her keep sitting there if nothing is going to happen. I figure if they are bad, then I will just get a couple of day olds at the feed store it they still have them. They usually come in on mondays. and set them under her in the night and hope for the best.

    She has been tireless and I want to make sure she gets rewarded for her efforts.
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2007
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  3. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    I tried candling the eggs, I only have 3 under her, two of those were very dark and the other a light brown egg. I got these from an Amish gentleman for free.

    One of the dark brown ones looked very dark. The only light spot would be where the air cell is. The other two I could see very well in and they did not look like good eggs to me. They are now 14 days sitting. The pictures I don't think will work, but I will give it a try in a few minutes.

    Well, the pictures did not turn out very well. But should I remove the ones that I think are not viable, or let them be a few more days? I don't want an exploder on my hands. (or anywhere else for that matter)
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2007
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    How long have they been under her? If its less that the 21 days, I would leave them there. She should know when there is a bad egg, and should toss it out. I know my Muscovy does. I have yet to have a hen go full broody, other than my frizzle, and I have NO idea what is coming from her. I say, leave them till either she dumps them out, or untill day 21 or so. Good luck!
     
  5. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    She has been sitting on them for 14 days. I won't check the eggs again unless they go past sunday next week. I would like to get at least two from this clutch. I guess that is asking alot from only 3 eggs. lol
     
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Freebie....as most know, I have been hatching in a bator...well....on day 21, I got one hatch...on day 23(yesterday) got 2 more....and here is the morning of day 24...and one is pipped. Dont give up on those little ones.
     
  7. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    Yes, I will let nature take its course. She is in a dog crate in the barn so they will be safe, and I have nothing really to worry about. Just have to change the food when the babies come is all.
     
  8. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    oh yes, I have been keeping up with your hatch, as well as Lisab. I am so happy for you that this time you are getting some babies. I would not have done anything if she had not gone broody... She was sitting on some of my own eggs, but after about 10 days they(one of the bantams and her kept fighting over the nest)they pushed all of the eggs out of the nest, and we looked at them and I don't even think any of them were fertile. so thats why I got some from the Amish guy. (long story I know) But if they don't make it, I am going to get her a couple of babies at the feed store to see if she want them, If not then I will just tend to them for a few weeks and take care of them myself. I just figure after all that work, she deserves something, you know.
     
  9. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Denise I am sorry you couldn't see anything when you candled your eggs. I am hoping everything is alright. This waiting game is really agonizing isn't it? All we can do is hope Buffy knows what she is doing. Good Luck Mary
     
  10. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    I would think if you cant see anything -assuming that is because that they are so dark- but can see the air pocket, I would say that things are going well. Ecspecially with those darker eggs.

    Good Luck. As a mother is hard to watch them sit so patiently and not see them get a reward at the end. I completely understand!
     

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