It is difficult to candle quail eggs because of the dark markings on the shell.
This is my first time trying to hatch eggs. It seems to be going good but I can not candle the speckled eggs. It is almost hatch time and it seems the eggs weigh more. Can you tell by weight if the eggs have grown embryos in them? It is only 3 days from hatch day. Thanks
I don’t usually candle my eggs and didn’t candle the quail which are hard to do anyway. I have done a bit of research after receiving your comment and have found that Katie Thear who has written Keeping Quail doesn’t bother candling quail eggs as they are difficult to candle and have a short incubation period so that it is hardly worthwhile candling the eggs. Michael Roberts author of Quail, Past & Present says that alot of commercial quail farmers don’t bother to candle the eggs. Michael’s book also states that if candling it is important to be careful not to overheat the egg.
You also mention the weight of your eggs feel heavier. I noticed when I hatched duck eggs and guinea fowl eggs that the eggs which are heavier generally have a chick inside. This is a comparison of weight between the eggs.
I have also read that an egg usually has a weight loss during incubation so if you weigh your eggs at the start of incubation and then throughout and the eggs are losing weight this is often a sign that the air sac is increasing as the chick develops. This is a comparison of a particular eggs weight.
I hope that your chicks have successfully hatched out by now and are doing well.
Let me know how you are getting on.
Sara @ farmingfriends
If you have any tips on candling quail eggs then please leave a comment.