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how to tell if an egg is rotten?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BellLisamo, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Hello again, im the one with the broody hen who was sitting on duck eggs, and i took her eggs from her yesterday. Dont know whos following that story. ANYWAY. Today i smelled something yucky from the incubator, and i saw an egg kinda seeping goo. So my DH told me put it in water to test if its rotten, and it raced to the top to float. So i took it outside and dropped it on the ground. YUCK!!!! Talk about disgusting!!! I should have bottled it and sold it as a stink bomb. Disgusting. SOOOOO my question is, do you think the others are rotten? I candled all them and saw something in all so i have no idea.
    HELP
     
  2. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The others are probably fine. I wouldn't worry especially if you candled and saw development. It's possible that another could go bad, but not necessarily likely.

    Hope the rest are doing well and you have a great hatch. [​IMG]
     
  3. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does this work with eggs on day 21? I have some and I dont beleive they are fertile
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would candle them to see if they are fertile.

    The egg water test will show all aging eggs to float, so doesn't necessarily work on partially incubated eggs. They will all float. Fresh eggs don't float.
     
  5. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long should I leave the eggs in the incubator????
     
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  6. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
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  7. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My egg is on day 21 and it floated straight to the top. Is it infertile, I candled and it looked like it internally pipped. But im not counting on it.
     
  8. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Quote:Jay read what Hinkjc said. It doesnt work. and thats what i figured. Leave your egg in the bator for another week, are you sure when it was laid?
     
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  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:If you keep messing with your eggs that are due to hatch you aren't going to have any luck with them at all.
     

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