Help. Broken Rotted Egg in Nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Parrot, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Parrot

    Parrot Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 15, 2010
    Lecompton, KS
    Hi all.
    I have a hen who has been sitting on a clutch of eggs for a little over a week. I decided to lether hatch them. Today when I checked on her I smelled something bad. I looked and saw that an egg had broken and and rotted coating the underside of the hen and all the other eggs in the clutch. Do I try to clean the good eggs? Does this ruin the entire clutch? Help!
  2. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    Ugh! You have my sympathies!

    I would try to clean her up after dark - wipe her and the eggs off as well as possible, and change the bedding. Maybe even soak her belly in some warm water, if you can dry her off.

    Maybe wipe the eggs with a damp cloth. I wouldn't want to actually wash them, as that's supposed to drive bacteria in.

    And if you're able, candle the rest of the eggs to make sure they're okay.

    Latex gloves and Vick's Vapo-Rub under your nose will help you survive...
  3. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    SW PA
    I had this happen a couple weeks ago. I have a dog hose, like a hand held shower massage, in my tub. I took her in and hosed off her belly with very warm water while my daughter cleaned the nest and wiped the other eggs. Put her back in and all was fine. I candled the other eggs the next day and they were all bad.

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