Exploding egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pampered Pets, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. Pampered Pets

    Pampered Pets Hatching

    Nov 3, 2016
    Hi guys,
    My first time broody hatched 2 adorable chicks yesterday! She's still got 8eggs under her with no sign of pipping yet. When I went to check on her this morning she was shuffling the eggs around, kicked one out, sat back down on the eggs, then pulled the egg she had kicked out back under her. BANG! There was a massive noise then an overpowering smell! I quickly pulled her and the 2 chicks off, cleaned up the grey bubbling froth that was the rotten egg (with a couple of vomit breaks along the way!) and gently wiped the eggs. All the eggs smell of rot (or it's just permanently ingrained into my nostrils). How do I tell if these eggs are rotten too or just have a lingering smell from the explosion? I don't want to throw away viable eggs, but definitely don't want a repeat of the exploding egg!
    Thanks for your help!

  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Candle them with a good, strong light after dark... air cells in ones about to hatch should be extremely tilted or there will be a chicks beak in it...
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Crowing

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    Did you set all the eggs under her---all at the same time or allowed her to collect her own eggs? Is she separated from the other hens or could they get to her nest? If so did you mark her beginning eggs and remove fresh layed eggs from under her Daily? Yes candle them with a bright light, but if two hatched yesterday she will probably leave the nest soon to take care of her hatched ones.
  4. kconley

    kconley In the Brooder

    Nov 27, 2016
    My hen will kick bad eggs out. If it exploded, that egg was definitely bad! I've had two blow out like that. One was left in the incubator too long and exploded when I threw it out. The other was under a hen.

    I periodically candle eggs when a hen is setting. If an egg sounds sloushy, get rid of it!

    Gently clean any eggs that got dirty, replace bedding, and you're good to go!

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