A Stinker In Lockdown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ms.cluckling, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. ms.cluckling

    ms.cluckling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a serious problem. When I opened my incubator to fix the humidity, I smelled, well, a smell that could a make a skunk jealous! What do I do??!! I'm thinking it might be from an egg I had a while ago. An egg that (I wrote it in this thread somewhere) I dropped and cracked in the first few days of incubation while I was turning it. Do you think that, maybe, there's some residue in the incubator left over from when the egg broke, and that's what's going bad? (I cleaned it as well as possible...)
    My eggs are in lockdown, this is the first time I've ever attempted to hatch ANYTHING, and I need serious help!!!
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Can you see any "leakers" with your flashlight? Can you open it super-fast and give them each a sniff?
     
  3. ms.cluckling

    ms.cluckling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    leakers?? Let me go check...
     
  4. ms.cluckling

    ms.cluckling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nothing's leaking!! AHH I'm so nervous!
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Open the box, find the stinker and remove it. If it's already begun leaking clean that up with some bleach water solution (10:1). Then put the eggs back, mist it once with some warm water, then watch your hygrometer. If it's not back to where it should be in an hour or so you may need to open/close the ventilation.

    You shouldn't open the box unnecessarily the last three days, but that's not to say you can't open it at all if you need to. You need to get that stinker out before it causes you real problems.
     
  6. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Look for one that seems to have crystiline growths/droplets on it. That will be your pre-splosion egg.
     
  7. ms.cluckling

    ms.cluckling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so I should sniff each one?? Aren't you not supposed to move them?
     
  8. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    Definitely do a sniff test on each egg and get that sucker out of there before it really becomes a problem and explodes in your 'bator. Handle the offender very gently and put it in a ziplock bag as soon as you get it out. [​IMG]
     
  9. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    You can move them if you are quick and you put them back in the same position they were before. Just be careful you dont accidentally squeeze one when it is above the rest. The stinker MAY crack when handled.
     
  10. ms.cluckling

    ms.cluckling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gotcha. I'm going downstairs to finish this once and for all.
     

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