Day 8: Candling

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It’s hard to believe the eggs are 8 days along already (they turn 9 this evening)! By now the embryos are far enough along that they’re starting to look like birds, and they’ll be sprouting feathers in the next few days.

Well, some of them are, anyway.

Last night we candled the eggs to check for development, and it was kind of a good news/bad news situation. Of the 55 eggs we originally set, 33 were totally infertile (the 4 from our flock, plus all 29 eggs from the rumpless rooster’s flock). There were 4 other eggs showing a blood ring or ruptured embryo, so I culled those as well.

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Ruptured embryo

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Blood ring, or “Ring of Death”

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This one didn’t look quite right to me, but I left it in for now.

On the bright side, all 10 of the Welsummer eggs are developing, though the one I patched with wax looked like it might have the beginnings of a blood ring. We’ll see how it looks next week, and I’ll be keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t explode between now and then.

The bad news, of course, is that we pulled 2/3 of the eggs from the incubator last night. The good news is that we now have an excuse to start more eggs, and we’ll have the hatches staggered about a week apart, so it’ll be twice the anticipation and half the craziness. And of course, more candling.

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One Thought on “Day 8: Candling

  1. Elissa on August 12, 2013 at said:

    I am very excited to see that your Welsummer eggs are trucking along! I can’t wait to see your next results–good luck!

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