1st time incubating...rotten egg smell

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by carolynb, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. carolynb

    carolynb Chicken Kisser

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    We are on day 13 and it's smelling pretty funky. We are incubating mostly Marans eggs. Will we be able to candle them? Most of them are pretty dark. I don't want to take them out if we wont be able to see anything. Would I be able to smell the eggs...or will they all smell weird because they are in the same incubator? Any help would be much appreciated!! [​IMG]
     
  2. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never smelt my eggs while incubating, nothing that smells rotten anyway. There is one time I was smelling an egg, turns out it had a slight crack and was oozing some. You might check your eggs for one with a crack.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Get an LED Lenser (available at Home Depot) I candled Maran's eggs with them.

    CAREFULLY find the offender, put it CAREFULLY into a plastic bag and DISCARD!. Usually the rotton ones will break easily and they can contaminate and kill the rest.

    I've had more than one rotten one break/explode in my hand. Be careful.
     
  4. carolynb

    carolynb Chicken Kisser

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    Thanks, Mahonri!! I am so glad I posted this question. I'll pick up a LED Lenser today...do you know if they are expensive?
     
  5. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    em, a simple cheap US$ 2 led torch with 5 led can be use very effective to see through the eggs shell. that's what i experienced in candling. [​IMG]
     
  6. carolynb

    carolynb Chicken Kisser

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    Thank you, mulia24! Are you using it for dark eggs? The eggs we are incubating are marans eggs and are pretty dark.
     
  7. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you smell test them? Last time I had a rotten egg, it fortunately was oozing so it was easy to ID. But it definitely smelled strong--the whole incubator stunk, but when I pulled that one out and smelled it, it was NASTY. Removed it, smell went away, happy ending. Might be worth a try.
     
  8. carolynb

    carolynb Chicken Kisser

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    I haven't tried it yet...I was hoping to be able to do that so I don't disrupt the incubating too much. I'll give that a shot first. Thank you everyone for your help....I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!! It's helped me out so much, so far [​IMG]
     
  9. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes, i've tested it with a duck egg (it's really dark this one) and i found that that's only black and no movement, i'm not sure then i'm using smell test (like curiouscat said to you) and i found that the egg smell bad (believe me that smell nasty odor [​IMG] ) and i "break" it by throwing it to a safe area that my girls and dog can't reach and i found that the egg really failed fully covered by "juicy" white liquid thing and the smell become worse after break so i suggest you to throw them a bit far if you find it "smelly bad odor".

    first: candling, not sure of it? take second step.

    second : smelling, not sure? let it in bator 2-3 days more. sure it failed? throw it away and watch what's inside that egg for gain more experience only what is the "ingredient of smelly/failed egg".

    hope for your lucky in setting. [​IMG]
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'd do the sniff test ASAP and remove the bad egg right away. If it pops it'll mess your other eggs up.
     

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