I took this photo of my ducks last July when they were 3 days old. This is what's in store for us!
We're almost to the mid-point of egg incubation here at Twelve Acres. I was fortunate to be able to candle Ollie's and Macaroni's eggs today. I had no luck at all getting pictures though. Try as we might, we just couldn't get a decent photo. I'm no pro at egg candling but at this stage of the game it's very easy to tell if an egg is good or bad. Good eggs are so filled with chick or duckling that they appear to be solid inside and show a very large, dark shadow along with an air cell on the large end of the egg. Bad eggs show nothing at all and sometimes you can still see the yolk. I removed any bad eggs I found and cracked them just to be sure. I had 100% accuracy! Here are the results so far.
Ollie (Buff Orpington hen): 4 good eggs, 2 bad
Daisy (Cayuga duck): 10 good, she removed 4 bad ones herself
Macaroni (Blue Swedish duck): 15 good, 1 bad
I will candle Violet's eggs in about 10 days and find out how many good ones she's got. She's setting like an old pro.