How to Candle Chicken Eggs at Home? The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Egg Candling.
How to Candle Chicken Eggs at Home? Egg candling is a neat, cheap, and easy way to discover what is happening inside the egg, but how do you do it? Here you will find the complete guide on what candling is and when and how to perform it.
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I will also explain some mysteries behind candling and help you get proficient at this skill, which is extremely useful for incubating and hatching.
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Do you have to candle an egg?
What Is Egg Candling, And Why Do It?
Candling an egg allows you to see in a limited way what’s going on inside an egg at particular points along the way to full development. It is not a fail-safe way to tell what’s happening inside the egg, but using your finely tuned observational skills, you can get a pretty good idea of progress or problems.
Candling can give you an idea if the egg is progressing or whether there is a problem. As its name implies, originally, candling was done with a candle! Nowadays, it is done with a small, powerful light that you can shine against and through the eggshell.
There are several types of candles depending on what you want or need. We have a top-pick section for you later in the article to help you pick through the many choices available.
Limitations Of Egg Candling
We may think that 21 days to hatch is really fast (it is), but the changes happening inside the egg are small and difficult to monitor on a day-to-day basis even though they are continuous. Eggs that are dark in coloring–Black Copper Marans or Wholisms spring to mind are tough to see because of the darkness of the shell pigment. These types of eggs need a lot of practice to get proficient in ‘reading’ them.
Question: Can you tell if the egg is fertile with a flashlight?
Answer: For those of you who do not share the hatching addiction: “candling” is the method used to determine whether or not incubated eggs are fertile. When candling, we held a bright light up to the egg to illuminate the shell’s contents. Candling is best done in dark conditions, at night, or even inside a dark closet.