Help! Day 19 - rotten egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by yotetrapper, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night I put the eggs into the hatcher and everything was normal. I candled as best I could but they were dark EE eggs so I couldnt see much. I put em all in there, and ran up the humidity... and now today I smell a rotten egg! I thought it was early enough yet, so I opened the bator and smelled each one; they all seemed to have a mild rotten smell from being in there, but I couldnt tell just which one. I found one that was cracked and I thought it smelled worse than the others so I tossed it, but the stench is still there.

    It being day 19. what do I do?? Just cross my fingers it doesnt explode? How do I find it? I can't even candle these eggs!
     
  2. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just realized it's only day 18 today!!! so I can still open the bator, but how do I find the bad one?
     
  3. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the rotton smell could just be left over from the rotton one. Did it ooze anything?, It dont take much to scent the bator!
     
  4. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    Wow, if they are too dark to candle I think you were doing the right thing to do the sniff test. I find that a lot will weep before they explode so hopefully if you can't sniff it out you will find it this way. Yikes, I hope it was the one that you tossed. A cracked egg certainly could be your culprit.
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  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Go to home depot, buy yourself a LED Lenser. It's pricey, $50, but you can candle a marans egg with it.

    Just got through candling some real dark blue eggs from Lisa (DDD)... the Lenser shines right through!
     
  6. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well i found it. It wasn't the one I tossed at first. It was another one. I started taking them out one by one and smelling all of them as I attempted to candle them. It was actually a blrw egg, the black I looked at and thought was a chick must of been rot instead. Now that that one is gone, there's no more smell.

    Thanks for the advice everyone, and thats good to know about the Lenser mahonri.
     
  7. michiganlarry

    michiganlarry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a Lenser from Home Depot but it was only $22. It is a small flashligt that takes 2 AA batteries. It has 3 leds in it. Is there a bigger brighter one? I am having trouble seeing in some of my wellsummer eggs.
     

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