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Tips for candeling dark eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stone_family3, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    I have some that are really dark and couldn't see anything when I tried candeling. Any tips?

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    A very powerful candler and a dark room.
    I have the same trouble with penedesenca eggs. I don't even try.
  3. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    When we were incubating out welsummer eggs which are very dark we couldn't see in well enough with a flashlight so we borrowed my mother in law's slide projector, it worked GREAT with the dark eggs!!! Don't know if you have one or know someone who you could borrow one from but that's the only thing we could come up with. Good luck!
  4. herwitsend

    herwitsend In the Brooder

    I have a bunch of Maran eggs... I'm in the same boat with you.
  5. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Yeah i built a nice box with a 110 wt bulb in it. :(

    CALI CHICK Songster

    Apr 27, 2011
    Rio Linda, CA
    Hi StoneFamily,
    I was also having trouble seeing into my eggs so I built a second candler and have light at both ends of the egg. I will try to take a picture of them side by side.

    I use a 13 watt flourescent bulb in a small box for one side and a maglite through a 3 cm tube on the other side. (Both are cool sources of bright light.) It really illuminates well and has the added benefit of "holding" the egg in between while your fingers carefully turn to see all sides of the egg.
    -The photo shows a 'clear', (infertile) egg from my RIR.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Use a bright light, one good enough to see white eggs with excellent clarity of the life and veins inside.

    Candle from the blunt side, and around day 7-14 if you see nothing at all but a bright aircell on that end, you're good.

    If the entire egg glows red during that time, it's very likely a dud.

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