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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenboy1993, Apr 6, 2009.
ive heard of people talk about them but i never knew what an exploding egg is what is it?
It is a rotten egg that explodes in the incubator or under a broody hen. The toxic gases build up inside the egg and cause it to burst. You'll normally smell the egg before it will be able to burst.
oh so im guessing it smells really bad then but how do you tell which one is rotten in the incubator when you have a dozen or so
I know this sounds gross, but the only way to really know is to pick each of them up and sniff them. When you find the rotten one, you will know! Believe me!
im guessing youve had a run in with these types of eggs
I had one that didn't explode, but it was very rotten. It probably would've burst if I hadn't removed it.
The first clear sign was the smell. It was a nasty, "barnyard" kind of smell. Not the rotten egg smell I would've expected. I could smell it in the incubator, but it wasn't obvious which egg it was. After a couple of days, I could easily tell by individually smelling the eggs. The other thing I noticed was that when I candled the egg, the contents appeared to ooze around inside. It was like it was filled with glue or something. when I turned it, you could see the dark insides sort of ooze down. it clearly looked different from any other egg I had candled. I threw it out on day 9 or 10, I think.