how can i get rid of a smell in my incubator, even after disinfecting

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by suzie57yca, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. suzie57yca

    suzie57yca Hatching

    Aug 8, 2013
    I had a batch of chicken eggs in my incubator which all hatched fine. I disinfected the incubator and put some chicken eggs in there which were unfortunutly 100% non successful. I'v thoroughly disinfected the incubator again, but the persistant smell is still there. I'm worried that if i put more eggs in it will cause them to be unsuccessful also. What can i use to put into the incubaator to get rid of the horrid smell.
    I did think of putting a lemon in there for a few days with it on, as you would do if you had horrid smell somewhere in the house. Any one think this may work, or am i being ludicris??

  2. BlackAce

    BlackAce Chirping

    Jun 7, 2013
    I have the same problem but mine is still a little faint. I used bleach and some antibacterial soap with some elbow grease. I let it dry out for a few days. My wife says she can't smell anything but I think it has a slight faint smell. Lol
  3. GardenDave

    GardenDave In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2013
    Why is there a smell at all? Please excuse my ignorance but I've never hatched eggs before. In fact my first set are in the incubator as I type. There is no smell at the moment - do they smell bad when they hatch? To be honest that possibility never crossed my mind [​IMG] Did some liquid or shell get into a spot you can't see easily which could be causing the smell?
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    The incubator does get a smell as the chicks are hatching. Do they smell "bad"? I don't know that I'd say it's bad. Not pleasant, so I guess you could say that. I've just always considered it as part of the hatching process and dealt with it.

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