So you decided to hatch the chicks, lay the eggs in an incubator, and now you’re desperate to know if those little embryos will develop? We, you are lucky, because on the seventh day by candlelight we have an inner feeling on our balls and everything you see when you look inside!
By the time the seventh day appears on your incubation calendar, the embryos of the growing chick have already done an incredible amount of work. In just seven days, a small life form has already grown into a recognizable, but very, very small chick.
In this article you will learn exactly how to light an egg and what to expect in the first week of incubation!
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What is a candlelight egg?
When you hatch eggs, it helps to have an idea of what’s going on inside, but you can’t really open them to see them, can you? Instead, we shine a bright light through the egg to see its contents. During incubation, a candle is made several times to see how the embryo develops.
Some eggs are easier to see inside than others. White and light brown eggs are usually very transparent, while dark brown and green/blue eggs are hardly visible from the inside.
How are eggs by candlelight?
The most important thing for treating the fertile eggs you hatch is to wash your hands thoroughly with an antibacterial soap and rinse them. Although the eggs appear hard to the naked eye, they are porous on the surface. Handling eggs with dirty hands can cause bacteria on your hands to migrate to the developing embryo inside. Don’t take any chances, make sure you do good laundry!
To light the eggs you can use a special lamp or a simple flashlight. The advantage of the egg candlestick is that it is easy to handle and completely safe for the egg. The egg candlestick is placed in your cradle, leaving his hands free. They also tend to be brighter than your usual flashlight.
If all you have is a flashlight, don’t worry! It is very easy to shine eggs with a flashlight and it works very well. Make sure the eggs are candles at night and turn off the light in the room. Then just turn on the light and aim the beam of light with your hands. Hold the egg with the same hand on the flashlight and voilà! You’ll be able to see into the egg!
How often should I make eggs by candlelight?
A good idea is to take the eggs on the 7th and 10th day, and then again on the 18th. The day just before placing the eggs in the airlock. Process the eggs after the 18th month. The day is short, because the chicks inside are prepared for the breeding day and should not be disturbed.
The eggs should be treated as little as possible during incubation to avoid contamination or breakage of the eggs. If you can resist the temptation to make them shine all the time (I know it’s very difficult!), it will be better for the developing eggs and chickens.
What do I see when I lay my eggs before the 7th daylight?
By the seventh day of candlelight, you should begin to see the early stages of the development of your chicken embryo.
As the embryo develops, you see red-pink veins running from one side of the egg to the other. In the veins you see a dark sphere, which is a developing embryo. Maybe you can see the eye of the embryo, that will be a big black circle. If you look closely, you can even see the movement at this point!
If there is no developing embryo in the egg by candlelight, you only see the yolk floating. In an early stage of incubation it can be very difficult to see if the chick is starting to develop, especially if you try to lay light blue or green eggs.
In an egg cell you see a black ring called a blood ring (as shown below), which means that the embryo began to develop and then died. These eggs can be disposed of immediately. Usually we bury them on the farm because they can’t be composted and we don’t want an animal to make a mess of them.
What if I can’t tell you what I see here?!
If you don’t know exactly what’s inside the egg, it’s not a bad idea to put it back in the incubator and try again after a few days. Our strategy with candlelight eggs on the 7th. On the second day, remove all eggs with a blood ring and leave the rest behind. Then we explode on the 10th. Shine the candles again to get a better idea of what’s going on in the eggs.
Maybe you need a more powerful flashlight or a few more days to really see what’s going on inside. Give it some time and be patient, especially if you’re new to this smoldering chick game!
Do you want to know what happens next?
In this post we will only keep you until 7 days after incubation, but if you are interested, our 104 friends from Homestead have written a great post with details about what will happen to your little embryos! Look at this!
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