My silkies have been sitting on eggs outside. All was going well until crazy AL hit single digit temps for a few days. Chickens were hatching but dying. Two that already hatched are still outside and doing great!! The temps have been going up and go down but they have heat in their house. The mommas are taking great care of them and they have gotten bigger. Anway, Saturday I got the bator ready and brought the rest in. Sunday, I get up to check and the smell when I opened the door would knock ya down. One egg exploded!!! It takes alot of animal stuff to make me sick after 15 yrs of being a vet tech but I swear I thought I was gonna loose it. I cleaned it up gagging. Then Monday another exploded...YUCK!!!! I believe that has got to be the nastiest thing ever with half shells stuck to the top and the rest splattered everywhere!!!! Then it's all cooked to the heating element...UGH!!! The eggs that exploded had feathers in them and goo. Could this be from where the hens kept moving them? Today when I got home the remaining 6 eggs are chirping but the smell was just horrible. I carefully moved them all to the brooder so I could clean that bator out. It smells better and all eggs are back in there chirping. If they hatch successfully they will make 8 out of 18.