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Does a bad egg always smell? I think I have later quitters

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cerise1924, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Cerise1924

    Cerise1924 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am so thankful that I have one perfect, fluffy chick. [​IMG] She is in the brooder now, and very strong and healthy. I had to quickly take her out because she was not drying off in the incubator after 12 hours. I was running high humidity and it remained stable when I took her out.

    However, it is hatch day and none of the other eggs show any sign of pipping, internal or external. [​IMG]There is no sound, no movement. I turned two over and they are "stained" on the bottom, where they connected with the incubator floor. I am thinking this is the dreaded oozing, and I am afraid of exploding eggs.

    There is no bad smell from the incubator, whatsoever.

    Do I
    -remove the stained eggs?
    -leave them and wait?
    -how long before I give up on all of the eggs?

    Thanks. I don't want to give up on a good chick, but with no signs of life and that staining from the bottom of two eggs, it's not looking good.
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Has it been 21 days? It isn't uncommon for an egg to take up to day 25 and hatch. Give them time. [​IMG]
     
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  3. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    And candle the stained eggs. Depending on what you see, you might want to take them out.
     
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  4. Cerise1924

    Cerise1924 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's been 28, but these are peafowl eggs, so this is the due date. Sweet survivor hatched day 27.
     
  5. Cerise1924

    Cerise1924 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I candled all four. No internal pips, no movement. Just a still dark mass and the air cell. One is detached. One of the stained eggs feels weirdly light.
     
  6. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't know anything about peafowl eggs, I just assumed they were chickens.

    But, I would still give them a couple days and then if nothing happens open them. I hope you get a good hatch and all goes well!
     

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