How to control odor from bator that had broken eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by opihiman911, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had several eggs break in my last shipment of eggs. I washed the survivors in plain warm water and set them in the bator last week. I had to remove a couple eggs because they started to seep from hairline cracks, but at day 6 I do have atleast a dozen that show growth. I have thrown away all the clear ones and only have the ones that are growing in the bator.
    The problem I'm having is a strong smell is coming from the bator. I know there isn't any dead or rotten eggs in there as I have removed them, so the smell must be coming from the yolk on the outside of the egg. I washed them as good as I could till they were no longer slimy and slipery and dried off with a paper towel, but I guess that wasn't good enough. I know a bator has a "smell" to it, but this is five time as bad and is attracting flies and gnats. DW has threatened to kick my bator out of the washroom as she says its smelling up her clean work clothes.
    I've added a couple air wickfresners to the room, but it just makes it smell like rotten flower.
    Is there anything I can do to keep the smell down? like maybe baking soda in a pan on the bottom of the bator? I'm doing a dry incubation so humidity is 35-40%, I'd hate to smell it when it goes up to 70-80%. Are the remaing eggs that are growing doomed to a bacterial death? I am worried about moving the bator out of the room and messing up the temp, as it is the only draft free room I have that isn't in the house.....no way DW will let me bring it in to our spare bedroom.

    I also have an additional problem. The seller who sent me the broken eggs sent me a placement dozen that are due today or tomorrow. Do I throw them in with the older smelly eggs and just be 8 days behind them? or will that contaminate these "fresh" eggs....assuming they make it through the mail.

    Thanks for the help,

    Cory
     
  2. sara

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    Are you sure the bator is clean? I don't think mine smells. I'd be worried that there is still something in there that could contaminate the remaining eggs. Maybe someone else will have a better idea.
     
  3. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the bator is clean.
    I washed it out with soap and water then sprayed it down with clorox/vinegar solution to steralize it, then rinse with clean water.
    Now I know the eggs aren't sterilized. I asked about using antimicrobial soap to wash the yolf off, but everyone said just warm to hot water.
    The smell is definately old egg smell than has been left in the sun for too long.

    Cory
     

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