When is the earliest i can candle?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by redhen, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    i really want to know if any of my eggs survived the spike temp i had....but..i am only on like day 3-4....is it to early to see anything yet?...
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Give it a few days, any that didn't survive would turn into blood rings.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:i wanna know now!...waaahh!...[​IMG]...i wont see anything now?..
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    By day 7 you usually can tell...

    Honestly if your a novice candler or don't have a great candling light you will not be able to tell in my opinion....
     
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  5. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    I wait until day 10 to candle. Dark eggs day 12 or 13.

    When you candle early they are in a very fragile time of development annd you could harm them.
     
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  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:i wanna know now!...waaahh!...[​IMG]...i wont see anything now?..

    Probably not. I don't think even an experienced candler could tell if a temp spike affected them at this point. It would be very difficult to see them move, if at all. Just candle at day 7-10, if they didn't survive you will know it. Are these your duck eggs? [​IMG] Please say no!! [​IMG]
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    *sigh*...okay guys...i guess i will just have to be patient!...[​IMG]....thanks for the help!....Shelley....no....i never recieved the duck eggs..(long story)....these are my quail and some of my own chicken eggs....[​IMG]
     
  8. millebantam

    millebantam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent info! Less early candling = better hatch rates.
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  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Oh, that's too bad, baby ducks are so cute [​IMG]

    When was the temp spike? And how long and high was it elevated? It might not have affected them at all.
     
  10. Suellyn

    Suellyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was too impatient to wait and actually candled late on day # 4; saw DEFINITE spidery veining/developement, but all were white or light eggs.

    Also, if you had a problem like a temp spike, it will probably take a few days for it to become apparent if it affected them or not.... Even if you saw developement, may not tell you much unless you check in a couple/few days for CONTINUED developement (does that make sense?) Good luck!!
     

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