Eggs exploding

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by joebryant, May 21, 2008.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    When I was incubating eggs for the first time ever a couple of weeks ago, I read several posts mentioning eggs exploding if they were not fertile/viable. With my not knowing how to candle an egg to determine whether or not it was fertile, I spent all three weeks of incubation worried about an egg's exploding.
    Is that a common occurrance?
    Has anyone ever had it happen?
    Why would some explode and others not?
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    They should smell before they explode, at least from what I've read. [​IMG]
  3. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    I had one explode during my last hatch. Theres a thread about it somewhere. It was not fun.
  4. ironrat

    ironrat Hatching

    Apr 25, 2008
    So what do you do when that happens? Wash the other eggs with warm water or what?
  5. coopist

    coopist Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.
    Eggs explode when bacteria have infected them. Depending on what kind of bacteria, growth rate, I suppose, the egg can get filled up pretty fast, so there's not *always* a lot of weeping or smelling going on, LOL. So, it's best to keep track of things by candling. If you see a blood or bacterial ring, get em out of there fast. And yes, if it does happen, you can clean the other eggs with mild soap and warm water--don't scrub, just rub. It's a bad thing to have happen...
  6. google egg candling for some great photos and DIY tips
  7. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I don't even want to think about it-ugh
  8. ChelleEnchanted

    ChelleEnchanted In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    It is really disgusting.

    My LG never recovered from that one, the foam isn't as white anymore inside. :[.

    Look at it this way, it gave me the push to learn how to candle. Haha.
  9. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    Quote:well, I had one egg zipping when it happened...and the egg that exploded was too dark for me to candle and I think that chick hurried real fast...soon as it was out, I scooped them out and transferred to the brooder then soaked and scrubbed my incubator!

    it was gross!
    Last edited: May 21, 2008

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