leaky hatching eggs -what does this mean???

Phage

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I set 2 lots of eggs the other day. One is just fine, but a lot of the others have tiny beads of amber colored stuff on the shell that looks like the egg shell is leaking the egg contents.
What does this mean?
Are the eggs viable and more importantly will they ruin the other eggs?
 

ranchhand

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VERY gently remove the weeping ones and dispose of immediately. Those are not viable, they are rotting and if they explode they could really ruin the hatch.
 

rikku_03

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I was wondering if my eggs should be leaking or smell really weird by now its the 22nd day for them and they dont smell at all
 

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I set 2 lots of eggs the other day.

If eggs are weeping after only 24hours in the incubator something else is off here. Either those eggs are much older than you think and got very dirty somewhere along the line to contaminate them or more likely you set cold eggs. Were they room temp before you put them in the bator? Never set eggs that are less than room temp and if the room is colder than usual warm the bator up slowly. Quick changes in temperature cause the contents of the egg to expand (heat on cold eggs) or contract (cold on warmer eggs) which will force some liquid out or cause a vacuum that pulls bacteria in to the shell. This could kill the embryo either immediately or later from bacterial contamination. Always adjust eggs from one temp to another slowly.

A rotten egg weeps because of gases being produced by the bacteria eating the egg contents and increasing pressure so some liquid gets forced out or in extreme cases the egg explodes. This generally doesn't happen until more than a week and more often more than 2weeks after incubating unless you are setting old eggs. I have gotten shipped quail eggs that were rotten and leaked within the first week of incubating but some of them were at least a week old when they got to me after shipping from down south with temps in the 90s.​
 

Phage

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Thanks so much for the response
I am fairly sure the eggs were fresh and I is odd that only one lot were affected. They were all allowed to settle overnight together in the house.
 

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