Please help! day 17 I have "weepy" leaky & smelly eggs. Why?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by maf2008, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. maf2008

    maf2008 Songster

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    Pleeeaaase help! I have "weepy" leaky and smelly eggs. Why?

    I am on day 17.... with these eggs in the bator! [​IMG] The eggs are fine but each day or two I find weepy and small "pinhole" leaks with smelly stuff oozing out. [​IMG]

    On the white eggs I candle and most are moving... There are lots of darker eggs too and I can't see what is going on inside the shell with my LED light. [​IMG]

    What causes pin hole leaks? [​IMG]

    I have the "dry method" fo just a 1/4 cup of water in the hovabater tray... The temp has been set on a digital therm at 99.5 to 101 tops!

    I did toss out all of the leaky eggs. Some of the eggs were from a refrigator and fertile. Most are from my own rooster and fertile.

    What should I do? What can prevent this from happening again? [​IMG]

    Please someone help!
     
  2. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    mine that did that were all bad...sorry
     
  3. CindyS

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    somehow they have been invaded by bacteria. from dirty nestboxes, improper washing, etc. The weeping stuff is loaded with bacteria and can invade the other eggs so be careful torching them along with the good eggs.
     
  4. maf2008

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    What to do to prevent this again? I will do "back to back hatches"
    I do not know why some eggs have this problems and others do not "weep" [​IMG] Today after clearing out the "leaky eggs" the bator smells better and I candled and most of the eggs I can see have live chicks... Do I just finish this batch and hatch these eggs & will the chicks be healthy?

    How do I clean the bator for the next batch? [​IMG] Thanks.
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  5. mulia24

    mulia24 Songster

    you can not incubate egg that you have been put into refrigerator.
     
  6. iamcuriositycat

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your rotten eggs. [​IMG]

    I think you've done the right thing. It could be anything that causes the death of the ducklings before the hatch and leads to rotten eggs. It could be a dirty incubator, or dirty eggs, or over-washed eggs, or just bad luck (or, my 8-year-old adds--a too-hot incubator). Since it was a lot of them, it was probably not just bad luck--so you're right to try and figure out what it was. Were they fertile? Developing properly?

    I don't know what the standard procedure is for cleaning the incubator. What I did: I washed the plastic water tray VERY thoroughly with soapy water and then with baking soda mixed with dish soap. I scrubbed it as clean as I possibly could, getting every nook and cranny. After rinsing, I disinfected with vinegar & water.

    I did the same thing for the wire and the little clips.

    The styrofoam was not terribly dirty. I just got off the visible bits of dirt, then wiped it all down with soapy water. I rinsed and sprayed with vinegar & water.

    I hope that's good enough. Some folks probably use bleach or professional disinfectant. I will let you all know how this next hatch goes after the vinegar disinfection! [​IMG]
     
  7. Pathfinders

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    Quote:What kind of incubator is it?
     
  8. maf2008

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    Quote:What kind of incubator is it?
     
  9. maf2008

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    UPDATE! Hi... after I tood out all eggs carefully and "wiped them with a warm rag" I cleaned the hovabator with hot water and soap. dried and put bacl all 17 day old eggs in aout 5 minutes.... I keep finding more "weepy and sticky" eggs AFTER I have cleaned everything. Should I toss this batch? or wait to see if hatched? Will these chickens pass bacteria to the chicks in the other pen?

    I know what might have caused the issue to start with.... I had a weak day old chick from a shipment at a hatchery and put it in the bator to warm up. (the chick died anyway) and I did have eggs from another source that were fertile and had been in the fridge. I THINK other people have hatched these....

    Shouls I toss this batch or even try to hatch. Tomorrow is DAY 18!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]


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  10. iamcuriositycat

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    Those that are weeping are not going to hatch. They might explode and contaminate the rest of the eggs though...

    I would wait until dark (unless you have a good, deep-dark room), and candle the remaining eggs. Keep the live ones, discard the rest.

    That must be very frustrating. Good luck, and I hope you're able to salvage at least some of them.
     

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