- Mar 23, 2013
I have a broody hen sitting on a dozen fertile eggs. Yesterday, when we were checking on the eggs, which we do periodically, (because sometimes other hens will lay next to her and she winds up with extra eggs) we found one of them broken, it was fertile and developing when it broke, not rotten. It looks like the hen broke it on accident or maybe another hen tried to bully her out of her spot and it got damaged. The egg made a mess everywhere with blood and yolk. I wiped some of the remaining eggs off with warm water and a paper towel (some were clean so I didn't bother) but now I am reading that you really aren't supposed to do that because it wipes off the bloom which protects the eggs from bacteria. I actually wiped the eggs off because I was afraid of bacteria. Did I do more harm than good? We have 8/9 days to go in the incubation process. Thanks!