Below you will find photos of the Ameraucana eggs that have been incubating on my kitchen counter for the past 13 days. For those of you who do not share the hatching addiction: "candling" is the method used to determine whether incubated eggs are fertile or not. When candling, a bright light is held up to the egg to illuminate the shell's contents. Candling is best done in dark conditions, at night or even inside a dark closet.
I have recently come out of the candling closet. For less than the price of a cup of coffee, I am out. There was no 12 step program, no coaching, no Dr. Phil. Just an innocent trip to Tractor Supply for feed and there it sat, unassumingly, on the check-out counter. It called to me. Admittedly, I had always been looking for my next score: a better,brighter flashlight. I'd give this one a whirl. For under two bucks, I figured, where's the harm?
I brought it home that afternoon and headed directly to the closet. This little flashlight packs a beacon so powerful that I can now candle in broad daylight, in the middle of my kitchen. (gasp!) It is that bright. Don't take my word for it, go get your own. You'll thank me later.
Don't be fooled by it's compact size.
These eggs have been incubating for 13 days, there are 8 remaining until the expected hatch date.
The chick in this egg is visible at 3 o'clock:
This chick is head-down, pointing towards 6 o'clock:
This is the side opposite the chick, it shows the blood supply of the chick. All of the blood must be absorbed by the chick over the next 8 days in order for it to hatch properly.
I can't say I've ever noticed a warning on a flashlight before, but this is one with which, my children will not play (that's MY job!)
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