I just had my very first egg explode in the incubator (it's an old still-air Hova-Bator). I've hatched out literally hundreds of eggs, and this has never happened to me before. I was sitting here reading through some old BYC posts when I caught a whiff of a bit of an odor coming from the incubator (the 'bator is literally just a foot away from my elbow). So I opened it up, only to find that one of the eggs had developed a crack (or maybe had one all along and I just missed it), and had leaked onto to the egg turner. I tried to remove the egg and found that it was stuck fast to the egg cup in the turner, so I thought I'd take some warm water on a soft cloth and soften the sticky enough to free the egg. But as soon as the water touched the egg, it literally exploded. The "Pop!" was so loud that DH, who was sitting in the other room watching TV, exclaimed, "What was that?!" Within seconds he was gagging and rushing to open up some windows, while I ran to get paper towels, a plastic tub (to catch the dripping green liquid that was now running out of one of the bottom holes of the incubator and onto the floor), a small tub of clean water, and a spray bottle of vinegar. I carefully lifted the egg filled turner out of the incubator and removed the good eggs that had been splattered by the explosion and carefully wiped them off. Then I wiped the turner trays off and replaced the eggs. After a quick rinse of the base of the incubator, I then washed it out thoroughly in the shower using very hot water and vinegar, then rinsed it well. Then I replaced the egg filled turner and am now waiting for the temp to get back up. I'm not worried about the eggs being out of the incubator, as even the hen will leave the nest every so often to eat and drink. I just hope I got all of the rotted egg contents out of there so that it doesn't cause problems with the hatch. The thing is, let someone walk in with even the slightest bit of perfume or scented deodorant on, and I'm coughing and literally struggling for a breath. But here I am, back to sitting next to the incubator (no windows in this room), and the rest of the family is still holding their noses over the rotted egg smell, and refusing to even walk past the doorway. And they're throwing a fit because even if we had any (which we don't) they can't even light a scented candle or spray air freshener or anything because I'm so chem sensitive. Which is funny, because to me it only smells like boiled eggs, except maybe just a little bit stronger. Have any of you ever had a rotten egg explode in the incubator before, and if so, how did you clean the rest of your eggs and/or incubator, and did it affect your hatch?