When to discard bad eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KirkKoop, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. KirkKoop

    KirkKoop In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2010
    I'm on day 8 and have only been able to candle 1 white egg and find a living embryo. The others are 2 banty white (saw nothing, thinking they are not fertile) and the other 8 eggs are dark brown. I'm planning to get a better flashlight and attempt it again. I'm new to candling and hate the thought of removing bad eggs if I have read them wrong. When is a good time to assume the egg is not developing and discard it? How risky is it to let the bad eggs stay?

    Any advice is appreciated.

  2. farmerChef

    farmerChef Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
    I have a few eggs i'm pretty sure are clear, but i'm waiting until lockdown to toss them out, just incase. Don't want any stink bombs exploding all over my new chicks. [​IMG]
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    it is not too risky to let clear eggs stay.. if you have a cracked egg, those are the bombs.. If you smell something bad, locate it and toss it..

    with dark eggs that you cannot candle well, you can wait until after day 15 and then float it in warm water.. If the embryo wiggles, the egg will bob in the water.. real easy to see..
  4. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I've had loads of infertile eggs, loads of embryos that have died in the first ten days, and loads of fully formed chickss that have died in the shell without pipping. But I've never had a bad egg yet. Duds aren't dangerous to leave in, and from what I've read, the smell of a truly bad egg is unmissable. If you're new to candling and you don't smell anything bad, I'd say leave them ALL in. You don't want to chuck out a viable egg by mistake...
  5. MjChickens

    MjChickens Songster

    Jun 30, 2010
    La Center, Wa
    Quote:Nice idea on the float the eggs in warm water. I have never heard of that one before I will have to try it.

  6. MomMommyMamma

    MomMommyMamma Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    West Virginia
    Quote:Very interesting! We have a few under a broody right now. She started with 9 and we are down to 5. So far we've been correct on infertile/bad eggs. We cracked them once we felt really sure they were not developing. They've all just been white & yolk. I admit though, I'm a little nervous each time. We're learning though, so I won't be too hard on myself if we make a mistake. I thought I had read with my Brinsea info that the most reliable way to know is to weigh the eggs. Fertile eggs will get lighter.

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