What to look for on day 18 candling?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stitch81, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. stitch81

    stitch81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Just curious what I should be looking for on day 18 candling. I'm on day 12, and already, the chick is starting to take up enough room that it is difficult to see movement. What do you check for on day 18 before lockdown?
  2. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    Here's the candling pics thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=261876 Lots of very helpful pictures.

    At day 18 the eggs will be pretty much dark except for the air sac on the large end. When I candle at day 18 I usually look for any movement & for internal pipping. Also I sometimes put the eggs to my ear, if they've internally pipped then you can usually hear them tapping on the inside of the egg. I had two duck eggs Sunday night that internally pipped almost a week early & the only way I caught it was by candling them & listening for the tapping. Good luck & hope you have a great hatch [​IMG]
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:I agree... It is very hard to see movement at day 18. I too listen to hear the tapping.
  4. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Southeast Ohio
    I check to make sure they've lost enough weight and moisture to be able to internally pip.
    Then I check to see if they have started drawdown to place them in the hatcher and then I try really hard to forget they exist for a while. (which never works)

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