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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:17 pm 
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Hello all, I am incubating my first batch of eggs - I had 17 eggs in the incubator. Today is day10. I was going to wait for day 14 to candle so I could see the spiderweb veins clearly, being a beginner, but today when I topped up the water dish, I noticed a rather "organic" smell. Had a quick look at all the eggs and one seemed to be exuding some sticky/waxy deposits on the shell - this was causing the smell.

All the eggs were carefully cleaned in the approved fashion when they went in.

So I tried my hand at candling - the toilet roll and dolphin torch method in a darkened room! - and most of the eggs I placed a tick on the shell, I placed a ? on 3, replaced them in the incubtator (which only took 4 minutes to reach correct temp) and I disposed of the smelly egg. I am not game to open it to have a look!

Any suggestions as to what the sticky deposits might be? Was I correct to remove it?

Many thanks for suggestions.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:34 pm 
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It means the egg is not right and would have exploded in your incubator

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:49 pm 
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I did do the right thing after all. Thank heavens for that!


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Yep - Shayne is dead right - the egg has gone bad. Toss it before it either explodes or contaminates other good developing eggs.
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