Best way to properly clean eggs for bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mstrrlm, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. mstrrlm

    mstrrlm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    Picayune, MS
    I am just wondering what is the best practice for cleaning egg of mud and poop before placing them into the bator?
  2. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Madison, CT
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I don't know that there is a best practice, just different things that different people do. If I can't rub the stuff off dry with very gentle rubbing, I simply do not incubate the egg. Some people wash them. Commercial operations wash them, but to them each hatching egg is not worth anthing until it hatches. They wash them in a specific solution at a specific temperature. You can buy the solution they use, I think McMurray offers it.

    When the chicken lays the egg, she puts a coating caused bloom on the egg. I think the effectiveness of bloom is generally overrated on this forum, but it is specifically put there by the hen to help prevent bacteria from going through the porous egg shell and ruining the egg. It helps but it is not going to solve each and every potential problem related to bacteria going through the shell. You are better off with a clean washed egg with no bloom than with a dirty poopy egg with the bloom intact. You are best off with a clean egg with the bloom intact.

    Some people wash them and don't put anything on the eggs. These people seldom have problems.

    One key to it is that your wash water needs to be a little warmer than the egg. If you wash an egg in cold water, the air sac inside can contract, putting a suction on the egg shell, which can pull dirty water inside. If you wash it in slightly warmer water, the air sac expands and keeps dirty water from coming in. Yes, the air sac will contract when it cools back down, but by then the egg shell should be dry or at least clean.

    To me, the biggest protection you can have is to keep your hands clean and dry when you are handling the eggs, keep your incubator clean, and don't set dirty eggs.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I take a scrub pad and lightly rub the poop off.
  5. BirdyGirl7198

    BirdyGirl7198 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2011
    I had 14 Indian runner duck eggs that were VERY dirty. I just took a damp peice of paper towel and rubbed them till they were clean.
  6. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    I know of some people on this website that get warm soapy water to wash there eggs. And then there are the one's that use a damp rag or towel to rub the poo off. I have heard that setting the eggs all at once in Warm/hot soapy water warms the egg shell and somehow the warmth and wetness pushes out the nasty stuff that's inside the egg shell pores. I haven't done it, but I bet that person will show up on this thread sooner or later. But I heard that you can only do it for 20-30 seconds. I don't know for sure.
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:I agree... I have washed my eggs and put lightly soiled eggs in my incubator and as long as my temp and humidity were stable, my hatches were still 95% to 100% so it really didn't affect my hatches at all. I have read all sort of pro's and con's so I decided to try and did not see any difference in my hatches.

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