"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future! "
Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Our Last Candling - Good/Bad Eggs

Sunday evening we did our last candling of our eggs.  Here are a few pics or what we saw......

See the little dots? Spots like this may indicate bacterial contamination.  
It is clear to see that there is nothing growing inside this one......
or this one.  We had a third egg that was the same.  These eggs were finally discarded.  I waited as long as I could to make sure there was nothing inside first.
If you look carefully on the left, you cans faintly see the lighter color....
this is the air sac, a GREAT SIGN! 
Same thing here and a lot easier to see
Yeah.....another good one......
WOO HOO! 

If you have been following along, you know that we have tried two other times and have not been successful.  We have attempted with thirteen eggs all together, of which only four will be hatching.  It has truly been an "egg"citing experience!

We are looking at the eggs carefully each day now for signs of pipping (the first signs of hatching) as the estimated date of the 21st draws near.  Once this starts, it can take up to 24 hours for the peep to fully emerge.  OH, I CAN'T WAIT!  I will definitely post pics as things develop!

How many of you have hatched eggs with a broody hen?  How many have used an incubator?  Have you tried both ways?  What were your results? 

2 comments:

Mrs. JP said...

Wow, so glad you finally got some hope of chicks!

Cathy said...

I've never done it. My dad has and I've heard him talk about it some. My younger brother has chickens for the first time, and I know they're are excited about them.