How do I make an egg candler? : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

I am incubating chicken eggs. I have read, probably in Countryside mag. how to make a candler, but I don't remember how. For those that don't know, it's a lighted device that you hold an egg up to. You can then tell if there is a live chick inside. I can't tell with just a plain 100 watt bulb. Thanks! T. Crockett

-- T. Crockett (, May 20, 2001


One quick and simple way is to mount a light bulb in an old fashioned porcelain light socket on a board and set a large coffee can with a hole knocked in the end that is large enough to light up the end of the egg over the light blub.

-- Thumper (, May 20, 2001.

we just took a piece of cardboard, cut a hole in the middle of it about 2/3 the size of an egg, gently sat an egg on it and held a flashlight under it course you have to be in a dark room to see good enough but it works great

-- Pat (, May 20, 2001.

I made mine from a 35 mm projector turned with lens up and made a holder for the egg to sit on, works fine for me.

-- Mary (, May 20, 2001.

I used a MagLite *SOLITARE*. It is the smallest of the Maglites and the beam adjusts from fine to wide. I just adjust the beam and place it against the eggs. It has worked for all our eggs from guinea to goose. Not very expensive either and stores easily.

-- Trisha-MN (, May 20, 2001.

-- ~Rogo (, May 22, 2001.

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