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has anyone washed their duck eggs to get better hatch rate?

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a long time ago someone told me to put 1 tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water to wash eggs(lightly).  my hatch rate went up to 85%.  having poor rates now.  not washing eggs. they develop and die in shell.  any ideas? Thanks

post #2 of 4
I don't wash mine, and have an 87% hatch rate so far in 2016.

Last 2 hatches were at 100% - but looking at your history washing eggs seems to be better for you. Why'd you stop?
Edited by dotknott - 6/5/16 at 6:46am

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My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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post #3 of 4

I wash all my eggs (warm water rinse, nothing else) before incubating. It has never affected my hatch rate

Personally I think its better that way you don't introduce bacteria into your incubator

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NPIP CERTIFIED! Al's Quackery is a small waterfowl farm in Southern Maine. I raise ducks, ducklings, geese, goslings and sell hatching eggs.
Ducks: Anconas (Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lavender, Lilac and Silver),  Muscovy (barred in black, blue, chocolate and combo, ripples in dark, chocolate, and blue shades, lavenders, and looneys in blue, black, chocolate and lilac)

Call Ducks: pied / magpie...

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post #4 of 4
We use warm to the touch water and a soft facial brush to remove any surface dirt without destroying the bloom of the egg. My daughter put eggs in without washing them and had an outbreak of bacteria that was fatal but I have always taken the time to wash them and I have had good results hatching.
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