1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

why are they cracking and rotting?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fresheggs4u, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. fresheggs4u

    fresheggs4u Songster

    Dec 6, 2007
    I have been hatching eggs for years and just recently using the same incubators some of my eggs have rottoed and cracked in the incubator. Does any one know what has happened? The only thing that has changes is that I am hatching dark cornish birds now. They seem to be the only ones that have this problem.

    Any suggestions?

  2. bad eggs will rot and break in the bator. do u candle them every so often to make sure there good?
  3. fresheggs4u

    fresheggs4u Songster

    Dec 6, 2007
    i just recently started candling. I have 18 in the incubator now and all but one has developed. One cracked already.
  4. reereechickens

    reereechickens Songster

    Feb 12, 2011
    Reidsville, NC
    Are these eggs from your chickens? If so maybe they need an antibiotic of some kind? More calcium?

    So far I have only had 1 rotten egg and it did not blow(thank God)! My past hatches have been zero hatch rate.[​IMG] So I took apart my incubator and cleaned with bleach and rinsed, then cleaned it with equal parts vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and I added a little water, and wiped it out. My flashlight for candling was cleaned and I replaced my felt circle that I have covering the lens. I took out my sponges and replaced them with a small mason jar with some aquarium gravel(about2") that was cleaned with the vinegar and peroxide and filled with bottled water(4"). So far my humidity is running a stable 42% and my shipped eggs are doing great!
  5. Impress

    Impress Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    I would suggest you clean, clean, clean, clean, clean that incubator! Sounds like you may have some bacteria in there. and eggs being porous, they are getting humid, sucking in that freshly grown bacteria, and going bad on you. Always candle and sniff those eggs! Toss any that start stinking.
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    There are many good univeristy web sites that help you trouble shoot.

    Starting with very good eggs is essential. Hens need to have been fed a good diet for the best success, and this included plenty of calcium for strong eggs. General good health is also required.

    Set suitable eggs. Clean uncracked eggs of normal shape. Candle and cull cracked eggs.

    Clean incubator, and disinfect between hatchings.

    THere is more at the universtiy sites that post trouble shooting info.

    Sorry you are having trouble with cracking---you will find the answer!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by