Stinky eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by agilman, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. agilman

    agilman Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a question. A lady I met gave me some almost ready to hatch eggs. She doesnt know exactly when they are going to hatch. She had them inside of a coop and a hen was sitting on them. But she is about to move so she gave them to me. I candled them and they are full and appear to be about ready to hatch. So i brought them straight home and put them in the incubator. They smell though. I have them inside of my house and they have a foul smell. Is this a bad sign? Or could it be because they were in a coop before with chickens? I have never incubated before so I am not sure if it is just normal. There are 15 eggs and I would hate to toss them if they will hatch.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I would pitch those out, they are bad eggs. Eggs shouldn't be stinky. Stinky eggs are rotting on the inside. Sounds like they were either infertile and are very old or something happened to them along the way. Never incubate stinky, cracked, dirty funky shaped eggs.

    If you are still worried, crack one open and see whats up inside.

    Good luck on any future hatches and welcome to our flock! :)
     
  3. agilman

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    Thank you for responding. The eggs have a full shadow and I can see veins in some of them. One chick did hatch in the coop the day i went to pick the eggs up.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    It is possible not all of them are stinky or rotten. Just one egg will stink up the entire clutch. If you can figure out which egg is bad, maybe you can incubate the rest?

    Good luck and keep us posted! :)
     
  5. agilman

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    I came home and inspected the eggs. 2 of them were leaking a stinky fluid. The rest have no cracks at all. I quickly wiped the incubator bottom and the smell has already subsided. I dk if any will hatch but as long as I don't have to smell thus terrible smell I want to try at least. Like I said on chick from the clutch did already hatch. So maybe the rest are following soon. There are a mix of 2 clutched of eggs in here that the previous owner had combined into one hen house.
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

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    If the smell is gone, that's a good sign. I've gotten a few stinky eggs, if you sniff them one by one, you can usually find the stinker with your nose.

    Sounds like your others are getting close. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  7. agilman

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    Is it possible they can hatch after being moved so far. The lady was just going to toss them because she is moving far and didn't want the haste for 15 eggs.
     
  8. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Sure, anything is possible. Have you candled them to see if anything's going on inside?
     
  9. agilman

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    Yes. They are mostly full with some veins I them
     
  10. agilman

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    Well I have one hatching! Glad I didn't throw them all away!
     

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