Causes for exploding egg on the 2nd day of incubation in a shipped egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lorriewithane, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. lorriewithane

    lorriewithane New Egg

    Jul 16, 2008
    Hi, I have been a member for quite a while but don't think I have ever posted a question. My problem is I ordered eggs in, let them sit for 24 hours before setting them and one of them exploded on the 2nd day of incubation. I thoughly cleaned the incubator and the turner before use and had the incubator running before the eggs arrived. I did candle the eggs when I received them and noticed some red in a couple of the eggs. The air cells were all loose also, I didn't worry about this as much, as I have had eggs hatch out fine in the past that arrived in that condition. I have hatched out thousands of chicks and a fair number of those were shipped eggs but I have never had this happen and would just like some input on what could have been the cause for this. Thanks much, Lorrie
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    They sent you old eggs....and from the sound of it maybe eggs that had been partially incubated. I'd be talking to the seller about it.
  3. lorriewithane

    lorriewithane New Egg

    Jul 16, 2008
    I did ask the seller about it and he is convinced it was the post offices' fault and he can't send me more because he has his eggs pre sold until Feb. or March. I maybe should mention that these are Blue Laced Red Wyandotte eggs. Lorrie
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Lord knows I'm no expert, but I have removed some eggs from a broody muscovy's nest that I was afraid would explode. They had been under her for about 25 days, both times. I removed them because I could smell them. (Yes, I sniff eggs. [​IMG])

    Did you smell anything wrong with them before you set them? Even a hint of a whiff of badness? I'm just curious.

    I have a friend who disposed of a broody chicken egg after the rest had already hatched, and it exploded on her. Again, more than 21 days.

    Seems pretty suspicious to me.
  5. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2009
    Morrow, AR
    That just REALLY sounds like an old egg. I set some for a friend recently and had to pull one last night. It was BLACK all over inside when I candled and then I smelled it...ewwww! She said they were laid the day she gave them to me...not that one, it was hidden somewhere and she happened to find it or it was REALLY full of bacteria.

    I'm so sorry for your having an exploder. Did it contaminate all of the other eggs? I swear I have been in the livestock industry all of my life and there is NO worse smell than that!
  6. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    The post office can be responsible for a lot of things, but no way would a fresh egg explode that soon. That comes from gas generated by a rotting egg. Not the post office's fault. OLD EGG
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:The Post Office messes up a lot of eggs, but even they can't do that to an egg. Sorry, but if you paid with paypal I'd file a dispute with them before the time limit is past to do that. Was this a BYC seller?

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