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Sweet Smell coming from incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DangerChickenHouse, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Songster

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    This is day 22 - no hatch.

    The night of day 18, the incubator went up to 106 degrees when it had been pretty stable the other days ranging from 99-101. We are wondering if the chicks are dead.

    The smell is sweet. I can't really describe it though. Maybe a sweet milky smell? It's not a rotten smell......yet. What are we smelling?
     

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    106 is pretty high.....I'm not familiar with a sweet smell, but can you candle the eggs? That odor may be the beginning of a stinky egg cracking or worse, blowing up.........Ya better hurry!
     
  3. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

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    Yea I agree, if your on day 22 and starting to smell anything I would candle to see if you have any internal pips or ozzing eggs. Be careful, you reallllly don't want one to blow up on you!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Snozzle

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    Is there a a hint of a smell that is similar to grape soda? That's usually invasive bacteria on organic material. That's a simple way of telling in a lab if your sample is ruined.
     
  5. DangerChickenHouse

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    Not grape soda. More like sweetened condensed milk.

    I was thinking bacteria too.......


    It's day 22. I hate to give up on them this early, but I think it might be a lost cause.
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012
  6. quintinp

    quintinp Songster

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    That is surely a funny smell, (do you have kids?) Ya never know what they may have been doing and spilled something in there, and wiped the noticeable part up.
     
  7. DangerChickenHouse

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    I quickly candled and smelled the eggs. I only have two and it's day 22. [​IMG]

    Egg 1 - the stinky egg. I guess it's rotting. It is developed, but I guess something went wrong. It doesn't smell good.

    Egg 2 - It quit on me before it was fully developed. I'm not sure when.



    So, I guess I throw my eggs away. I'll re-set on Wednesday. This time I'll try to incubate more eggs.
     

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