Smelly Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by protodon, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. protodon

    protodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first hatch in an incubator I currently have 50 coturnix eggs and 3 of my own chicken eggs in there. Yesterday was day 14 for the quail so i removed the egg turner they were all in and put the quail eggs in their carton. Well i came back to check the temp which was going crazy after I removed the turner and there was this terrible smell. Like rotten egg smell. The funny thing is that smell wasn't there a few hours earlier or a few days earlier.

    Now i know not all the eggs are developing so maybe this could be it because there was at least a week from when the eggs were shipped to when they arrived thanks to USPS. I randomly candled a few and the ones I did looked to be growing. I never candled them all because I am not sure how long the eggs can be out of the 99.5 temp. Which as I mentioned before, the temp has been going up and down as i removed the egg turner and I have to get it right again. I'm wondering if the temp could have killed them all in a matter of hours and that is the smell? I certainly hope not but now I am also worried that some rotten eggs might explode in there but I don't want to go searching through there for the rotten ones and mess with the humidity/temp so close to a possible hatch. I'm hoping they're not all dead! Any ideas?
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Find the rotten egg before it blows. You are probably safer taking the lid off for a bit than you are are letting one explode. I wouldn't worry about candling. Use your nose. It's faster.
     
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh-ho-hoooooo!! Get that rotten egg(s) out of there RIGHT NOW!! Quick!

    Later on you can go back through this forum and read all the accounts of just how horrible a rotten egg smells when it breaks.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. WiseChicks

    WiseChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not to mention the slimy green goo that goes EVERYWHERE when a bad egg explodes and you clean the bator for seemingly hours on end while trying to hold your breath so you don't gag from the smell. [​IMG]
     
  5. protodon

    protodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I can't find it, unless they are all the rotten egg. [​IMG]
     
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you sniff every one individually?
     

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