Bad egg.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Stone13, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. Stone13

    Stone13 In the Brooder

    Sep 29, 2011
    Lake Village, Indiana
    I cracked an egg fresh from the box and it smelled like a stink bomb. Did I miss an egg or is a chicken laying bad eggs, could it have been stuck in her vent for too long? Any help.
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    Sounds like you missed it and it has been in nest too long.
  3. CountryFlock

    CountryFlock Songster

    Apr 24, 2014
    United States
    A way to check bad or good eggs is to put the egg in cold water that is twice as deep as the egg is when on its side. If the egg floats it is bad and if it sinks it is good.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2014
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Not exactly. This tests for freshness, not rot. I've had eggs stand nicely on end when I cover them to boil them, but it's just because they're older eggs that have lost moisture and have larger air cells.

    You can usually smell a rotten egg before you crack it.

    I've never heard of a hen laying a rotten egg. Just being "stuck" in her wouldn't cause the egg to go bad....hens incubate eggs for days, even infertile eggs, and they don't necessarily go bad. I'm thinking you just missed one, but if it continues to happen you'll know the hen might need to be culled.

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