Smelly Incubator! Why?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mar013q, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. mar013q

    mar013q Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2011
    Starting Monday night I had eggs start to pip. It's now Wednesday and I have six chicks in the brooder. They all hatched Tuesday. One chick hatched today and is still in the incubator. There are a few eggs in there that haven't done any piping. There is one egg that I just noticed had pip and started to zip but hasn't done much since. It's day 22. But, the problem is the incubator smells awful. As soon as I walk into the room I can smell it. Is this just the normal smell of chicks hatching? If it's a rotten egg should I get my chick out of the incubator and into the brooder?
  2. Farmer_Dan

    Farmer_Dan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    yipes, sounds like a rotten egg to me.

    Careful, you don't want an explosion....

    I'd carefully candle all the eggs and get rid of everything that is questionable, maybe even just smell each egg individually and operhaps you can isolate the rotten one.

    They might be ok, but i"d proably get the live hatched ones out of there asap so they don't get infected.
  3. mar013q

    mar013q Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2011
    The chick that's in there hatched at 3:30 today. It's only 8:40 now. Is it okay to move him to the brooder?
  4. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    Go For It.
  5. SierraView

    SierraView Chillin' With My Peeps

    After hatch it does have a fugly smell. You might have to help the one thats partially zipped out of the shell if you open the incubator. If you opened it already to get chicks out it might be stuck in the shell.
  6. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    it's probably a rotten egg but it could also just be the incubating stink. if i leave my incubator on for a few days after the hatch is done (just in case some of the other eggs hatch. they never do though) it starts getting REALLY stinky from all the hatching gunk.
    I guess you'll find out what it is soon enough though.

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