Welsummer eggs and candling?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by seafood, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. seafood

    seafood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This spring I want to add some Welsummers to our flock. I think these birds are really cool looking and the eggs are beautiful.

    Couple questions.

    1. I remember there was someone here on BYC that sold Welsummer eggs. Can anyone point me in that persons direction.

    2. Can you candle Welsummer eggs with such a dark shell color?

    3. What kind of egg production do Welsummers give you...compared to say Barred Rocks. More? Less? similar?


    Thanks all.
     
  2. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Nebraska
    AussieSharon has Welsummer eggs.

    They are hard to candle b/c they are so dark. Someone else might give you some tips if this is possible. I have not ever been able to get through to see

    I believe production is a bit lower, but someone else might have better info with that.
    Good luck!
    Christi na
     
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    I hatched out Welsummers. They are tricky to candle. Basically get one of those powerful but small flashlights (can't remember the name). Shine it through the large end. Trace the air cell with a pencil. As the chick develops, the aircell will shift around. That's the best way to tell how they're doing, in my opinion. We could see veins in a couple of lighter eggs, and used those to compare to the air cell of the darker ones.

    Also, I had one start to stink. It was easy to sniff it out before it blew. If something smells yuck, sniff every egg!!

    I got mine from Mothergoose, but she has a long waiting list, I think.
    Welsummers are gorgeous birds!!!
     
  4. BUMPKIN

    BUMPKIN Out Of The Brooder

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    I only have one welsummer old enough to lay at this point, and she is supposed to be out of Kelly Cratty line. While she and her companion roo are gorgeous, she definitely is not a prolific layer. I only get two to three eggs aweek from her.[​IMG]
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    There are several people here on BYC who sell Welsummer eggs. Right now, I have a dozen Wellie eggs from AussieSharon in my bator. These are a lighter color and will be much easier to candle, I believe. Guess I'll find out in a few days! I did hatch some last summer from someone in Utah (bought the eggs off of Ebay which I would NOT recommend doing BTW) and I never could candle those darn things! They were WAY to dark.

    Can't answer the laying question, as mine two pullets I have haven't started laying yet. I can tell you that AussieSharon says hers are laying up a storm right now though. [​IMG]
     
  6. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    Arkansas
    Aussie Sharon sells the eggs...I know it's already been mentioned...but I purchased some from her....
    I don't candle anymore...unless my bator is full.
    However, the flashlight that is powerful is LED.
     
  7. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Parson's Wife :

    However, the flashlight that is powerful is LED.

    Thank you!
    Had a brain spasm and couldn't remember.
    Love love love my LED flashlight!

    I only candle all my eggs when first setting them, at 10 days, and again at 18 days. I just like to watch for potential trouble. I don't ever want to have one explode in there!​
     
  8. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    I candle my Welsummer eggs with the base from a lava lamp. I took a piece of cardboard and cut a whole in the middle and place it over the base of the lamp, then put the egg on top. It works really well. I usually don't candle before day 14 and generally just wait until day 18 when I take them out of the turner.

    As for egg production my girls average 4 eggs a week each, though today I got a single egg. [​IMG]
     

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