Best Way to clean Incubator after hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Parson's Wife, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
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    My question: I have a Little Giant, styrofoam incubator...I just had a 'hatch', waiting for the last few eggs to hatch...I would like to get input on the best way to clean my incubator. Anyone? [​IMG]
    How do I get it sanitized and ready for the next hatch? [​IMG]
  2. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I am so glad you asked this I was thinking the same thing this morning - I also have the Little Giant and I have ducks eggs in there - I want to get it cleaned and ready for the next round when these are done.

    congrats on your hatch

  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Yeah, I need to get that info too. One of my incubators is my neighbors old used one. I cleaned it out with hot water, dish soap and pinesol disinfectant. I hope that was enough. My new bator is being used as a hatcher right now. When those hatch, I want to clean it and move the eggs from the used one into the new one. The new one just holds temps a little better without so much adjusting.
  4. Pinenot

    Pinenot Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    This might sound stange...but it really is the best. A lot of top breeders do it this way.

    scrub with antibacterial dish soap, let it dry (open) in the sun ALL day. The sun kills more than we can.
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  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Just plain old weak solution of bleach and soapy water...rinse well....
  6. Kristina

    Kristina Songster

    Apr 30, 2007
    South Louisiana
    I also clean mine just like pinenot great [​IMG]
  7. Kaneke

    Kaneke Songster

    be careful with Pine Sol -- I don't know about chickens (am a newbie) but I know it can be toxic to cats

    my guess would be use Dawn dish detergent (don't know of anything that cuts grease and grime better, except maybe Tide laundry detergent), rinse VERY well, slosh it out with a weak chlorine bleach solution, then as mentioned, put it out in sun and wind to dry (UV radiation kills whatever the bleach doesn't)

  8. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    Thank you.

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