I have a broody hen that had a rotten egg in her clutch, which I discarded, but now I think there may be another bad one in the bunch. Im not sure though since the rotten egg smell has gone away a little bit, but not all the way. The eggs are due to hatch any day now, I dont keep a perfect count on the days with my broodies, more just a watch on the weeks gone by, so Im not 100% sure of hatch date coming. My question is- Will one rotten egg kill the other eggs and make them go rotten too? There is another egg I picked up that smelled really bad, but it had been sitting right next to the other rotten one I got rid of, so Im not sure about its viability. The stinky one has some dirt on it, but not alot. I picked up the questionable egg and sniffed it, and it stank, but not quite as bad as the other one, and I gave it a little shake by my ear and didnt hear or feel anything rattling around (sometimes when I get a bad egg, the embryo dries up a bit or there is enough air in the egg to feel and hear the remains kinda bumping around in the egg). I didnt check each egg though- the smell makes me wanna puke since I am pregnant- I can only take so much, LOL! How do I tell which egg is bad? I think she is around the time we would normally do 'lockdown' in an incubator, so I am not sure if I should try to remove the eggs to candle them, plus they should be so far along, it would be hard to tell if there is any movement. Is there a way to tell for sure if the egg is bad if it had been sitting by a really stinky one? DO eggs absorb the stink from a bad egg??? Any advice or experiences shared would be most welcome!