Candling, if you read earlier posts, is when you shine a bright light on one end of the egg, which allows you to see what's going on inside. I thought it a perfect send off into 'lockdown.'
To candle all 18 safely without damaging them, I wanted to be very organized. I set up the 'candle' [lamp w/ cardboard and foam], egg carton, 'refrigerator control egg,' and kids lined up sitting down quietly. We had some friends over, which made it extra special. I took 6 or so eggs at a time [in 3 batches, using the egg carton]. The eggs are numbered, so we could mark down what we saw in each egg:
This is our 'candle' a desk lamp w/ strong light and 'egg' surface.
The bright bottom is the air sack. You can see some veining and lastly, the dark stuff is a baby chick. Most of them actually moved too! It was too cool.
Our results: Out of 18 eggs.
10 had moving, living chicks
6 looked like the dark mass and air sack, no veining or moving [might just be dark colored eggs]
2 looked underdeveloped and so probably died early on
Not a bad % for our very first hatch. We'll have to see what actually hatches though, because you know what they say about counting chickens. . .