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Eggs have manure on them (and smell like it too). What can be done?

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The last batch of eggs had some spots of manure on them and they stink (like a barnyard). What can be done about this? Is it safe to eat or to place into the incubator?

post #2 of 4

First off, if you want to incubate, clean out the nest and put new nesting material in it. Then stop the hens from sleeping in the nests.

If you wash the egg well, you can probably eat it but I wouldn't try to incubate an egg covered with feces.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Thanks! What could happen with the dirty eggs if they were incubated?

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Bacteria can seep through the pores, infect the embryo and kill it. Incubator temperatures are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Thoroughly cooking can kill the same bacteria.

 

Do you have a plan for keeping the hens from sleeping in the nests?


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 5/17/16 at 6:49am

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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