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Egg Candling: There's An App For That!

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April 21st, 2011, 07:34 PM
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So, a little update on my new farming adventure. I've gotten rid of my red pullets and hamburg chickens in favor of coturnix and Tennessee red quail. Yummy eggs, yummy meat. But I still have my Cornish Rock pullet and cockerel, Colonel and Mrs. Sanders. They've pretty much been granted immunity from ending up on the dinner table, as they are my first surviving pair of chickens. Yay!
But my chicken quest has taken a new direction. Last week I started up the incubator with 10 French black-copper marans and 14 (now 12) Ameraucanas. They are dual purpose breeds meaning I can eat their eggs, or them. I chose those particular dual purpose breeds for the COLORS of their eggs. Ameraucanas are known for pastel green and blue eggs and marans are known for deep almost chocolaty brown eggs. The offspring of a maran crossed with an Ameraucana will lay olive green eggs with brown speckles. There's also one quail egg in the 'bator right now, just out of curiosity. It's one that was laid here, but the chicken eggs were ordered.
Alright, enough jabbering and on to the pictures. lol

Here are the chicken eggs in the 'bator.

One of my maran eggs is darker at one end and gradually lightens toward the other end. (The tiny egg you see in the right side of the 'bator is the quail egg.)

The maran eggs are very hard to candle because of their color so I haven't taken any pictures of them. These are the Ameraucanas 3-4 days after incubation started. For these pics I had cut a hole in a piece of cardboard and put it on top of a flash light.

So WHY did I indicate in the title of this thread "there's an app for candling" if I used a flash light? Because last night I decided to use the flashlight app on my iPhone since it's brighter!!! lmao

So after 1 week of incubation, we can now see the little embryo and the spiderweb of veins it already has.

Purdy cool huh!?!? Too bad human mothers can't shine a flashlight on our tummies to see if our babies are coming along alright!
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April 21st, 2011, 08:49 PM
HappyHippy's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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That is sooooooooo cool! That would be awesome if we could do that to our tummies.
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella
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April 23rd, 2011, 12:37 PM
Mountain~Mama's Avatar ThePastHasNoPowerOverMe
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This is really cool! Thanks for sharing. I really want to get chickens too but I'm pretty sure they'd only make a nice snack for my dogs.
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April 23rd, 2011, 01:11 PM
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That is pretty cool! We sometimes candle eggs with the flashlight method, but mine are reptile not birds

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