I have a problem and need advice quickly. I have posted a few times in the last few days...first time broody hen that I was concerned may not be turning her eggs, wasn't getting out to eat or drink. We have learned this week she is turning them, and has gotten out a few times to eat and drink. Only in the last couple of days has she pooped but not much. Until just now. It has been about three hours since I checked in on her but just went down to the basement to check and she has had a major blow out. Her nest box is an old computer monitor that they've been using to lay eggs inside their coop, we moved it to our basement where she's been sitting for two weeks tomorrow. There is poop all over the inside of the monitor, up on the top OUTSIDE, and a big pile on the floor behind it. She looked up at me like she was pleading for help, 3 eggs only half covered by her wing. She's been so good at covering them all up, there is no telling what is under her. HELP!!! If the eggs are covered in poop, surely I can't wash them, can I?? How much cleaning up can I do of the hen without messing up the sitting? Would it be a bad idea to out her on something else to finish up with them? Wondering of o could move eggs and her to a round basket I have so I can hose off the monitor.
I don't have much experience in this situation, but it has to be cleaned. I would do it as quickly as possible to minimize her disturbance and yes I would clean the eggs, but maybe w/ just a soft moist cloth, just to get the bulk off, but not to scrub.