Found out why my silkie eggs quit UPDATE

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ethingtonart, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. ethingtonart

    ethingtonart Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2009
    Some of my silkie eggs are starting to die! We are on day 10. I think there might be bacterial contamination of some sort because of two things. The first is, we opened up a quitter and the white was very cloudy. The second is, when I'm candling I'm seeing a large dark cloudy ring all around the egg (lengthwise). It moves slightly when you move the egg, and it's present in almost every egg (most of the embryos are still alive, one is dead, and two more look like they are heading that way). We are going to open up the dead one after dinner and try to see what's going on. Poor little thing, it looks really well developed and it's probably about 3/4 of an inch long or so.
    Do you have any ideas? I'm afraid that I'm going to have to throw them all out. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010
  2. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    I am of know help but to give you a [​IMG]
  3. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2009
    yeah i woulld chuck them and start over
  4. JCoogle

    JCoogle Chillin' With My Peeps

    When was the last time you cleaned your incubator?
  5. ethingtonart

    ethingtonart Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2009
    I am of know help but to give you a hugs

    Thank you!

    yeah i would chuck them and start over

    Gonna have to. [​IMG]

    When was the last time you cleaned your incubator?

    It's a brand new incubator, I got it for Christmas. I have another incubator that's been used already that I was going to use for hatching. Pretty much all of the eggs I received were dirty, I did my best to clean them up (I spent money on them after all) and I chucked the worst offenders, but it just wasn't enough.

    I found out what went wrong last night when we cracked open one of the dead ones, the albumin was a yellowish green color. [​IMG] From what I've read it's a Pseudomonas bacteria (very commonly found in chicken poo). I also forgot to mention that I had to toss an oozing egg on day 3, so I must have had a pretty bad infection.

    From page 212 in Story's Guide to Raising Chickens, "Sour egg. A murkey shadow surrounds an off center swollen yolk floating in a weak white..." "If you break it open the white looks greenish. The egg may or may not smell sour. Cause: Pseudomonas bacteria."

    That's exactly what I was seeing [​IMG] And I spread it around to all the eggs when I candled, so I have to toss them all.​
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2010
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
  7. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    Ugh, sorry, that really is sad.

    Read up on how to disinfect things. Pseudomonas is very very hard to kill.
  8. ethingtonart

    ethingtonart Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2009
    Wouldn't bleach be enough to kill a Pseudomona?

    Thanks everyone for the support. [​IMG]

    Edit to answer my own question. Bleach (according to Clorex company) kills the following...
    A. Bacteria
    Staphylococcus aureus (Staph.)
    Salmonella choleraesuis
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    Streptococcus pyogenes (Strep.)
    Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli)
    Shigella dysenteriae
    Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
    Trichophyton mentagrophytes (can cause Athlete's Foot)
    Candida albicans (a yeast)
    Rhinovirus Type 17 (a type of virus that can cause colds)
    Influenza A (Flu virus)
    Hepatitis A virus
    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
    HIV-1 (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)*
    Herpes simplex Type 2
    Rubella virus
    Adenovirus Type 2
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2010
  9. Ban seabhag

    Ban seabhag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2009
    Glenn HWY Alaska
    That's a heartbreaker. I am really sorry. Would bleach not harm the embryo do you think?
  10. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    wow so sorry, but really good detective work on your part.

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