Unfertilized eggs (the eggs which the embryo didn't grow in)

TheGoldMAN

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Hi and thanks to everybody here.
I've moved the eggs to hatcher but some of them wasn't fertilizied enough for 18 days.
Can I boil them in water and then give them to my cat and other hens to eat?
Is it safe for them too eat the eggs of they are toxic?

And I was suspicious for a couple of them about their grow and put them back in the incubator? Aren't them bad for the other eggs which are in setter mode?
 

DobieLover

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Hi and thanks to everybody here.
I've moved the eggs to hatcher but some of them wasn't fertilizied enough for 18 days.
Can I boil them in water and then give them to my cat and other hens to eat?
Is it safe for them too eat the eggs of they are toxic?

And I was suspicious for a couple of them about their grow and put them back in the incubator? Aren't them bad for the other eggs which are in setter mode?
If they eggs are not developing they are either infertile or the embryos died at some point during incubation. TOSS THEM. Do NOT feed them to anything.
If you put a dud or a quitter back in the incubator, it may explode and contaminate the rest of the eggs with bacteria and kill the chicks. But you are now on day 19 so I'd just cross my fingers and hope for the best.
 

TheGoldMAN

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If they eggs are not developing they are either infertile or the embryos died at some point during incubation. TOSS THEM. Do NOT feed them to anything.
If you put a dud or a quitter back in the incubator, it may explode and contaminate the rest of the eggs with bacteria and kill the chicks. But you are now on day 19 so I'd just cross my fingers and hope for the best.
ok thanks, I will break them too investigate the situation.
and I don't think that they may explode in the remaining days, but this is my first time and I wanted to make sure about the doubted ones.
 

yakitori

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If they eggs are not developing they are either infertile or the embryos died at some point during incubation. TOSS THEM. Do NOT feed them to anything.
If you put a dud or a quitter back in the incubator, it may explode and contaminate the rest of the eggs with bacteria and kill the chicks. But you are now on day 19 so I'd just cross my fingers and hope for the best.
is there a reason a quitter can’t be fed back to the animals? I personally wouldn’t feed a dead formed embryo due to the ew factor... but I don’t see how it might be an issue if it hasn’t been left dead for days, what am i missing?

I fed infertile eggs to my cats just fine after 7 days of incubation :lol: They were perfectly good to eat...
 

esme13

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is there a reason a quitter can’t be fed back to the animals? I personally wouldn’t feed a dead formed embryo due to the ew factor... but I don’t see how it might be an issue if it hasn’t been left dead for days, what am i missing?

I fed infertile eggs to my cats just fine after 7 days of incubation :lol: They were perfectly good to eat...
Bacteria . Some bacteria’s do not break down even when cooked.
 

Ridgerunner

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Can I boil them in water and then give them to my cat and other hens to eat?
Smell the eggs. If they have bacteria inside they will stink. If they don't stink they are safe for you to eat or for the cat or hens to eat. This is whether they started to develop or not.

The potential problem is that the egg material is a perfect medium for bacteria growth. Egg is often used in science labs to grow bacteria. Incubation temperature is close to the perfect temperature for most bacteria to grow, whether under a broody hen or in an incubator. One of the last parts of a hen laying an egg is that she coats it with a layer we call bloom. That's why the egg looks wet when it is laid, you are seeing the bloom, which quickly dries. That dried bloom is very efficient in keeping bacteria out. A hen can lay eggs for a couple of weeks and then incubate them for another three weeks without them going bad from bacteria getting inside. Turkeys and ducks can go longer.

Is it safe for them too eat the eggs of they are toxic?
The eggs are not toxic unless bacteria gets inside.

Aren't them bad for the other eggs which are in setter mode?
If bacteria gets inside, yes they can harm the other eggs. Occasionally they may explode and contaminate the other eggs but usually they seep a foul smelling liquid. If they do not have bacteria growing inside they will not harm the other eggs. The egg shells are porous, if they are going bad you can smell them.

ok thanks, I will break them too investigate the situation.
My suggestion is after you check them, scramble them and feed them back to your chickens. They would be safe for you to eat too but there is a "YUK! Factor" I'd have a problem with unless I was starving.

I don't think that they may explode in the remaining days, but this is my first time and I wanted to make sure about the doubted ones.
I never take any eggs out of the incubator until Day 18, when I go into lockdown. If they are clearly quitters they come out just to make more room for the hatching chicks. I sniff them but have never had an egg go bad in an incubator. I only set clean eggs and sterilize the incubator before each use. If one does go bad you can have a bad situation if you don't get it out.

If you only set clean eggs, do not remove the bloom by washing or sandpapering them, keep your hands clean when handling them, and keep your incubator clean getting a bad egg is extremely rare.
 

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