New to the chicken hatching hobb

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by deapot2, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. deapot2

    deapot2 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 9, 2015
    Recently I began selecting eggs from certain layers that likely had been getting busy with my rooster (haha) and putting them under my extremely broody hen, Henrietta. I have all brown layers (except for one blue but she's not currently laying). I candled 3 eggs yesterday from 1/16 and 1/17. Being completely new to this, I believed one eggs wasn't fertilized, one was rotten, and the one from 1/17 I was unsure about. So I put 1/17 back under Henrietta, and broke open the two from 1/16. I was right on the unfertilized one, but was devastated to see that I was wrong on the "rotten" one as it was a viable embryo. I felt terrible. But such is the luck of a first-time candler.

    Today, I went back out to check on Henrietta and select any new eggs, and saw that she has pushed 1/17 out of the box. I have read enough to know this is usually not a good sign. So I brought back in 1/17 to check it out, and it looks like it's fertilized and not rotten.

    I put it back under her. What could be the reason for her pushing it out, and was it the right thing to do to put it back under her? The last thing I want to do is kill another embryo - this bothered me so much I dreamt about it last night. :( But I also don't want a rotten egg exploding all over the other eggs under her (there are currently 4 others).

    Thanks for your expertise! And if anyone has advice on candling brown eggs, that'd be great too. Because a lot of the pics/videos I've found are for white eggs.
  2. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2015
    Southeast Alabama
    what gave you the impression one was rotten? if it is, you'll be able to smell it, and you'll have no doubt what so ever if it is.
  3. deapot2

    deapot2 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 9, 2015
    I don't know how to describe it. I've seen pictures of what porous eggs look like, so I guess it was dark and porous looking.
  4. chickintexas

    chickintexas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2010
    Spring Branch
    Welcome to the wonderfully addictive world of hatching eggs!! JetCat is correct in that you would be able to smell a bad egg. I've had eggs in an incubator and as soon as I open it, I knew one was bad. Just pulled each egg out and gave them a sniff. Found the bad one real quick that way!
    If one of my birds happen to push an egg out, I'll push it right back under her. Unless it's a bad egg, of course.
    I buy flashlights that are on the higher strength for brightness. Cheap flashlights don't do the trick for me. Especially with the darker eggs.
    Good luck with your hatching!

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