No More Eggtopsies for Msbear ;)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Msbear, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    ok... so, I had my bator LOADED with 200 jumbo coturnix quail. It's a homemade styrobator with a couple cool spots. I rotated as much as I could but, it was literally packed tight so, I was pretty much expecting the hatch rate I got... 60+ out of 200

    All of the chicks were healthy and BIG. They hatched over two days... (because of the cool spots, I am sure) so, when it was all over, I couldn't help but do some eggtopsies to see if any were still kickin or to see what happened. I had already disposed of the ones I could see into and see they hadn't begun developing.

    SOoooo... first egg.. I see there was an air cell.. but it was small. I cracked it farther and saw yolk rolling around. done.

    Second egg.. hit the bottom with my knife and ever so gently peeled back the shell.. little guy didn't make it [​IMG]

    Third egg.. [​IMG] hit it every so gently on the bottom with my knife and... KABOOOOOM!! [​IMG] NaStY RoTtEn EgG explosion! It was murky, purple juice that smelled like the old sulpher mill outside of Pittsburgh but 100 times worse. It exploded all over me, my sink, the floor... blah! the horrror

    No more eggtopsies for msbear [​IMG]
  2. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    You've got to be REALLY good at Minesweeper to do eggtopsies.
  3. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    [​IMG] thats why i crack mine a mile down the road!
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Oh gross!
  5. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
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  6. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop
    I stink at mine sweep and still have never had a exploding egg.
    Maybe I'm just charmed? [​IMG]

    at lockdown I "sniff" test each of my quail eggs. If it is smelling funny I float test, if it fails I take outside to my yard waste bin and hold the egg below the rim and gently crack open by "pinching" the shell in the middle and "peeling" out. The pinch controls which way the goo goes if it pops.
    I've had eggs "pop" on me but never explode.... where when cracking egg it pops or spits in the direction the opening is facing. is that what ya all mean?
  7. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens


    Icky icky poo
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I don't do ANY eggstopsies, ever. I do wait four days for late hatchers, but then I get a big ziplock baggie and ever-so-carefully pick up the eggs and put them into the baggie, and then I walk directly to the trash as I am sealing that sucker.

    Y'all who do 'em are brave souls!
  9. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    Gryeyes, "brave" or just stupid [​IMG]

    So.. minesweeper... How does one excel at minesweeping [​IMG]
  10. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    yep, i don't have the guts to do them either. i'm wondering though, about the explosions.....will an egg explode if the chick made it to the end...but then just didn't hatch? or are explosions only for those with very undeveloped chicks?

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