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Broody hen with dirty eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RHewitt, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. RHewitt

    RHewitt Songster

    I have my first Broody hen setting on eggs. I candled the eggs tonight Day 10 and all but 1 out 12 are developing. I noticed the eggs are dirty, should I try to clean them and replace the nesting hay or just let nature take it's corse and leave wll enough alone? I have read about dirty eggs getting to much bacteria and dieing during incubation that is why I am asking for help. Thanks!

  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    You can change the bedding, but I wouldn't clean the eggs. The dirt should get wiped off from mama rolling them under her feathers.
  3. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    Gray Court, SC
    Let nature take its corse. Never clean the eggs.
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    DO NOT clean the eggs. Now that you know 11 are developing, the best thing to do is go fishing.
    Mama hen will take it from here. When you have a good broody hen, the only thing you need to do is relax and enjoy the chicks.
  5. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Songster

    Jan 23, 2009
    Yes, you shouldn't all clean the eggs.
  6. RHewitt

    RHewitt Songster

    Now that is fast service! Many thanks to all of you!
  7. Country Guy John

    Country Guy John Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    South Carolina
    Just as everyone else said. Do not clean them, they will do just fine.

  8. RHewitt

    RHewitt Songster

    Thanks John.

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