What smells are normal?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by itsy, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm attepting to hatch chicken, guinea fowl and turkey eggs in the same incubator. I realize they all have different hatching dates, etc. They've been in there since the 14th, I think. I think I've located the source of the smell to be one of the turkey eggs. When candled - there is a large dark mass inside. It got dark before the other turkey eggs did. One of the three turkey eggs looks to be a blank.

    Should I toss the turkey egg with the odor? It's not a good smell - but I don't know if any smells are normal???
     
  2. Sailing Dede

    Sailing Dede Out Of The Brooder

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    If it smells rotten, I'd do a float test. Put the egg in some water, if it floats high its a bad egg.
    I once done this with a goose egg and pushed it to the bottom of the basin.
    When I let go it shot to the top of the water and EXPLODED all over me. It was the worst smell I have ever smelt [​IMG]
     
  3. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The float test works with eggs that you are incubating?
     
  4. California Gurl

    California Gurl Out Of The Brooder

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    I think that the float test is generally for eggs that are a day or two late of their hatching date. I recently did it for some of my eggs that were under a broody that was suppose to hatch 2 days prior, but for some reason they didn't. Sure enough they were high floater. I put them in a ziplock and gave them a tap to crack open just so I can see if it's dead or not. One exploded with a light tap and the other two had an underdeveloped chick inside with must have died before lock down.
     
  5. thatduckguyy

    thatduckguyy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the exact same problem today. I thought it was rotten and tossed it!
     
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I would toss it or you may have an explosion you may not want in your incubator. There should not be any sort of 'bad' smells coming for a live good egg at all. And I would toss the clear one as well if it's totally clear.
     
  7. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I toss anything that's stinky, clear or leaking.
     
  8. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks very much for your help, guys. I appreciate it!
     

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