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What makes eggs get stinky?

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I've done several hatches with my own hens eggs and even the ones that didn't develop or stopped growing never smelled even on day 22+.
I bought some hatching eggs and added a few of my own for this current hatch and OMG there has been 2 stinky eggs so far. The first one I could smell by day 12. Both stinkers are from the bought eggs. Are they old or what happened?
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I've done several hatches with my own hens eggs and even the ones that didn't develop or stopped growing never smelled even on day 22+.
I bought some hatching eggs and added a few of my own for this current hatch and OMG there has been 2 stinky eggs so far. The first one I could smell by day 12. Both stinkers are from the bought eggs. Are they old or what happened?

From what I have gleaned over the last couple of years, bacteria.

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Oh, right! They were very dirty eggs. I cleaned them off the best I could, but was concerned since I read that cleaning off eggs can push the bacteria through the shell pores. I didn't know which action to take: put dirty eggs in the bator or wipe them off😒

Next time I will be very picky about buying hatching eggs from someone.
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Oh, right! They were very dirty eggs. I cleaned them off the best I could, but was concerned since I read that cleaning off eggs can push the bacteria through the shell pores. I didn't know which action to take: put dirty eggs in the bator or wipe them off😒

Next time I will be very picky about buying hatching eggs from someone.

A  decent seller won't sell particularly dirty eggs to begin with. A spot here and there is one thing, but truely dirty eggs shouldn't be presented as hatching eggs.

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Yes, live and learn. The breeder was 1 1/2 hrs from me and she had the breeds I was interested in. Thankfully most were chicks I purchased from her, only the Cuckoo Marans were hatching eggs. And I didn't even look inside the carton until I was home. I was too busy playing with the chicks while hubby drove.

The eggs were very dirty, I was shocked actually. I had seen her set up and it was decent but I don't know who has dirty eggs at all like that!! Mine my have a smear once in a great while from poop, blood? But it's minimal even then. These were shiny from egg whites(?) with bits of straw & dirty all over them. Very odd. She sells on EBay for twice the price I paid since I was a pick up. Makes me very cautious for future purchases in general sad.png

These were my 1st hatching egg purchase and so it made me think my hens are very neat and clean girls, lol!!
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