Incubating Chicken Eggs Part two.. Candling the eggs
Today is day 7 of 21, to hatch out my baby chicks. That means it’s time to candle and weigh the eggs. Before touching the eggs I make sure my surfaces are sanitary and I have freshly washed and paper towel dried my hands. Bacteria or oil from your hands can seep through the egg and kill the new embryo. So this is a vital step. There are 17 eggs in the incubator and 8 of them look to have no life. However, with dark colored shells and at only day 7, I’m only discarding one of them, which showed a blood ring and that is a true sign of embryo death. There are a lot of factors that go into an embryo dying at early stages, bacteria on the egg, poulet egg, heat, humidity, ect.. I’m a firm believer in survival of the fittest and I’d rather see them die at this stage then at the final hatching stage. Overall the egg seems to be doing well and seem to be right on track. They are losing a bit too much weight, so I’m going to up my humidity by 10%.
In 7 days I will repeat today’s process and throw out any clear eggs. If there is a bad egg in there than the bacteria and gases will build up and the egg can explode. The likelihood of saving any viable eggs after an explosion and being covered with bacteria goop is slim to none. So taking out the clear eggs and eggs with blood rings is very important.
Until next week.. Happy hatching!