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What makes eggs get stinky?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Triplecross, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've done several hatches with my own hens eggs and even the ones that didn't develop or stopped growing never smelled even on day 22+.
    I bought some hatching eggs and added a few of my own for this current hatch and OMG there has been 2 stinky eggs so far. The first one I could smell by day 12. Both stinkers are from the bought eggs. Are they old or what happened?
     
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  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    From what I have gleaned over the last couple of years, bacteria.
     
  3. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, right! They were very dirty eggs. I cleaned them off the best I could, but was concerned since I read that cleaning off eggs can push the bacteria through the shell pores. I didn't know which action to take: put dirty eggs in the bator or wipe them off[​IMG]

    Next time I will be very picky about buying hatching eggs from someone.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    A decent seller won't sell particularly dirty eggs to begin with. A spot here and there is one thing, but truely dirty eggs shouldn't be presented as hatching eggs.
     
  5. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, live and learn. The breeder was 1 1/2 hrs from me and she had the breeds I was interested in. Thankfully most were chicks I purchased from her, only the Cuckoo Marans were hatching eggs. And I didn't even look inside the carton until I was home. I was too busy playing with the chicks while hubby drove.

    The eggs were very dirty, I was shocked actually. I had seen her set up and it was decent but I don't know who has dirty eggs at all like that!! Mine my have a smear once in a great while from poop, blood? But it's minimal even then. These were shiny from egg whites(?) with bits of straw & dirty all over them. Very odd. She sells on EBay for twice the price I paid since I was a pick up. Makes me very cautious for future purchases in general :(

    These were my 1st hatching egg purchase and so it made me think my hens are very neat and clean girls, lol!!
     

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