smelling bad incubator

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  1. mjclark1

    mjclark1 Out Of The Brooder

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    It's been 23 days and only 3 eggs hatched. I candled the rest of the 20 eggs and they show signs of chicken forming.

    History: after 3 days of incubating, the incubator stopped working, the eggs were cool/cold to the touch for a few hours until I bought a new incubator.
    So, they had a tough begining.

    The last couple of days the incubator smells. I've tried to sniff the rotten egg but cant find it. Is it possible they all have gone bad even though I can see growth?

    Suggestions please.[​IMG]

    Monica
     
  2. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
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    There's a difference between rotten egg smell and chick hatching smell. Some hatches smell worse than others. I would venture to say at day 23 with eggs "cooking" there is a bit of odor, but if they were truly rotten, you'd know!
     
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    at day 21 the egg should be full of chick and you wouldn't see undeveloped embryos..
     
  4. mjclark1

    mjclark1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmmm, it is an odor, but not like sulfur stinky oder. Maybe because I have an extreem variety (I've only hatched 2 batches of Rode Islands) that they would smell more strongly?
    I've cleaned the tray twice. thinking it will help.


    because of the low temps and it not being at exactly 99.5 the entire time, they would still be developing, is that correct?
    would that make them deformed in any way? I would hate to have my students see something that would freak them out....

    Thanks,
    Monica
     
  5. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
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    Deformities are caused by many things. Low temps, more often than not can lead to slower development and thus longer hatches, or lack of full development. Generally speaking, deformed chicks fail to hatch all together. So if you aren't' planning on opening what doesn't develop, then you shouldn't have a problem.

    What are you hatching in?
     
  6. mjclark1

    mjclark1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:They are hatching in a Still Air Egg Turner Incubator. The stirofoam type. I was in a panic to purchase one.
    They are no longer on the turner but have been moved do to me cleaning the bottom.
    I won't be opening what doesn't develop LOL

    Thank you for your info. I appreciate it.
    Monica
     
  7. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    no prob. in the future, if you are using a still air, the temp needs to be up around 101 at the top of the eggs. 99.5 is for forced air.
     
  8. mjclark1

    mjclark1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Should I turn it up for the rest of the hatch?
    I have a indoor/outdoor digital thermo w/humitity readout. I had it laying on the eggs, now it's on the bottom. Should I lay it on top of the eggs for a closer readout? I don't want to inhibit the pecking/hatch.

    Thanks
     
  9. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    I would move the thermometer to the top to get a more accurate reading. if it's still low, then yes, bump it up a bit.
     
  10. Equilibrium

    Equilibrium Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Little Giant incubator purchased from Farm and Fleet. We bought the egg turner but did not purchase the fan. Would "the temp needs to be up around 101 at the top of the eggs. 99.5 is for forced air" hold true for the brand I have too?
     

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