Originally Posted by ChooksChick
Originally Posted by Pinx
I had a chick in the bator that was stuck on his back so I opened it to get him out and put him under a light and the smell smacked me in the face. So I have a rotten egg, I also have 2 eggs that pipped. Do I leave it until they hatched or do I look for it now? I know I already opened it but it will take me a bit longer to find a rotten egg out of about 30, then to reach in and grab a chick.
I wish there were a rule book for incubating lol.
Open it and find the egg quick!! If it blows it could endanger every egg in there.
It should be fine for your other eggs if you add a hot wet paper towel after getting the bad egg out. That will boost your humidity back up right away.
Ok I did. I pulled 6. Not sure if they were all bad but they had a smell. One of them had broken a quarter size hole in the shell but didn't get the membrane broke, it didn't smell but it was clear the poor thing was dead. The hole was on the bottom so I couldn't see it.
So I set 45 eggs. 1 I accidently dropped well before lock down but it was clear anyway, 6 pulled today, 8 chicks hatched, 26 eggs in the hatcher and 4 eggs in the bator waiting for lock down. All the eggs in the hatcher are on day 23 (all but one of my chicks hatched on day 22). So they will get until in the morning to hatch then I guess I'll throw them all out, clean the hatcher and lock down the other 4 eggs.
I am sort of upset. I had at least 8 bantam eggs that I saw moving around when I candled for lockdown, I even marked all the eggs I saw movement in including a couple of light colored LF eggs.... not one of them has hatched. All of my eggs that I couldn't see movement in but still thought were good I put a ? on them... every egg I have hatched came from an egg with a ?. Then I have all of the LF eggs that I just plain couldn't see in which is aggravating.
Right now I am at an 18% hatch rate. Better then 0 I guess lol.