leaking egg stuck to automatic turner

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SuziQ, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. SuziQ

    SuziQ Out Of The Brooder

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    Help!!! I have my first batch of chicken eggs in a styrofoam
    type incubator. Had to leave it for a day and a half to travel
    to my brother's house. Got home and today was time to take the
    eggs off the automatic turner, but one had 'leaked' and is stuck
    to the turner. Is there anyone who can suggest a method to
    get it off without breaking the shell? I tried to candle it while on
    the turner and it looks solid dark inside and one end is clear.
    The leak looks like dried egg, not dark or brown. Thanks for
    any help you can provide. I'm afraid if anything was alive in
    there, it's probably not now since I wasn't able to get it off to
    put it back in the incubator with the others.[​IMG]
     
  2. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Shawnee, OKlahoma
    you might try running it under warm water, not the whole turner so you dont get the motor wet, but just the egg and that part of the turner.
     
  3. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Try a sponge wet with a little dish soap. Wet it the entire way around the egg and then gently twist the egg to see if you can get it out. Do it carefully... it may take a few minutes.
     
  4. SuziQ

    SuziQ Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for the responses. I tried your suggestions and
    I managed to get the egg off the turner, but experienced my
    first exploding egg! Yep, it is every bit as bad as everybody says.
    phew! What a smell! Now that the smell is gone, I can laugh
    about it and at least I learned a valuable lesson! I am going to
    be VERY careful of iffy eggs in the future!

    This site is full of so many great people willing to share their
    knowledge and experiences. I'm really enjoying it.

    Hope you all have a great weekend. Happy Labor Day!
     
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Personally I would have taken it outside and tapped it on the ground or sprayed it with the hose. If an egg leaks enough to stick like that you can bet it's bad as you found out the hard way. [​IMG]
     
  6. classicsredone

    classicsredone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this is super old, but I wanted to add that the turner for our styrofoam bater is dishwasher safe. You can unscrew the motor, and it comes apart pretty easily. Wash it on the top rack and air or towel dry.
     

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