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HELP! clean poop off fertile eggs?

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I had eggs shipped to me today and I'm going to put them under my broody tonight. BUT...several (at least 4) are poopy and I'm not sure if I should gently clean it off or leave it. HELP?!

-Laura
owner of a flock of 23 (16/7)
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-Laura
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post #2 of 8

I really dont know, but I bought some extremely poopy eggs, and I washed them, cause I turn mine by hand, and aint no way I was gonna touch baked on poop 3 times a day for 3 weeks...nope....but out of over 3 dozen, I have 3 chicks and now Im wishin I had baked that poop after all......

25 year old mommy to a 3 year old daughter, a 3 month old son, a baby goat, 22 ducks, 6 geese, 2 pigeons, 6 quail, 2 guineas, 24 rabbits, 100+ chickens, 2 dobermans, 2 cats and a neglected husband of 4 years
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25 year old mommy to a 3 year old daughter, a 3 month old son, a baby goat, 22 ducks, 6 geese, 2 pigeons, 6 quail, 2 guineas, 24 rabbits, 100+ chickens, 2 dobermans, 2 cats and a neglected husband of 4 years
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post #3 of 8

DO NOT WASH EGGS!!!  They are porous and they will absorb all that poop through the shell when you wet it.  If you MUST knock off some poop do what I do.  I keep a gallon ice cream bucket half full of sand in the hatching house and I rub them in sand to knock off excess poo.  I only do this when there is so much poop I can't write the date on the egg, the rest of them go in poopy and 98% of them hatch.

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post #4 of 8
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One vote for leave it. Gotcha. I know that's usually what you're supposed to do when it comes to eggs but in all of my obsessive reading online I've seen a few things about bacteria and contaminating the rest of the eggs.

Ah, the joys of too much information wink

Thanks for your input!

-Laura
owner of a flock of 23 (16/7)
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-Laura
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post #5 of 8

I hatch out about 5000 birds a  year, guineas, turkeys, ducks, chickens, peafowl etc... so I wouldn't steer you in the wrong direction.  Normally I don't post unless it's something I KNOW I know.

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post #6 of 8
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Thanks Kristin, I trust you know your stuff! So don't flake it off with a dry paper towel?

-Laura
owner of a flock of 23 (16/7)
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-Laura
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post #7 of 8

You can do that too, or use your fingernails, or a knife or whatever you have as long as you don't damage the  the protective coating on the shell.  Its a lot cleaner and really quick to use the sand.  My guineas can take a one inch spot of water in their run and lay ALL their eggs in it, and smash them in the ground. so i keep my sand bucket handy.   I will also add that I use play sand, which is really fine and doesn't scratch the egg shell.

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post #8 of 8

Hello! smile  I use sandpaper to scratch off any poop.  It easily removes it--I never wash as they are porous.  Hope this helps! smile

Wife to the love of my life! Mama to 4 little people, 2 miniature highland cows, 3 pot bellied pigs(one mini), 4 fainting goats, umpteen silkies, Coronation Sussex, BLRW's, Dunlaced Wyandottes, BLRW, Orpingtons(bantam and LF), Ameraucanas, Fawn Duckwings OEGB, bantam cochins, guineas, call ducks, white runner ducks, Sebastopol Geese, and more.
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Wife to the love of my life! Mama to 4 little people, 2 miniature highland cows, 3 pot bellied pigs(one mini), 4 fainting goats, umpteen silkies, Coronation Sussex, BLRW's, Dunlaced Wyandottes, BLRW, Orpingtons(bantam and LF), Ameraucanas, Fawn Duckwings OEGB, bantam cochins, guineas, call ducks, white runner ducks, Sebastopol Geese, and more.
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