When to candle before or after?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rae Scott, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. Rae Scott

    Rae Scott Out Of The Brooder

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    I just ordered a dozen olive egger eggs and i have never incubated before and was wondering should i candle the eggs before i put them in incubation? She is shippi g them out first thing tomorrow morning and was wondering when should i set up my incubator? Now or the day before delivery? Also if i candle before what exactly am i looking for so i am not wasting time on dud eggs?

    Sorry if this is all answered before but i looked in the learning center and couldnt find the answers.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Welcome to the world of incubating. First your incubator should be up and running for at least 24 hours, I'd do 48 if you've never used it before, then you can figure out how stabile it is and what the humidity is without water. What kind of incubator do you have? Do you have checked thermometers/hygrometer? Do you have an idea where you are going to start running your humidity at?

    Olive eggers can be hard to see into sometimes, but I would candle when you inbox them and see what condition the air cells are in. That will give you an idea of how to treat them/incubate them. Let them rest at least 12 hours before incubating.

    When you candle you want to see small firm air cells, not floating or ruptured air cells. Saddle cells happen frequently, but that doesn't mean it can't hatch.
     
  3. Rae Scott

    Rae Scott Out Of The Brooder

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    I have this incubator.[​IMG]

    I ran it last night and figured out the temp quirks. The hygrometer not so much. I am going to do that this morning. I was thinking 35-40ish for the humidity? And go from there. I think the eggs will be here either tomorrow or the day after since she is shipping them today.i was going to let them rest until I got home from work or until my fiance gets home in the late evening (1130ish at night) and have him "help" me do it. Lol
     

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