can you hatch eggs that have been washed?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cat1994, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. cat1994

    cat1994 Songster

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Hi I know that you are not supposed to hatch eggs that have been washed, because it has washed off the protective membrane that belongs on the shell of the egg or you can kill the germ inside the egg because you sake it so much when you wash it. But what I want to know is if anyone has hatched eggs that have been washed off? If so were the chicks ok? I’m not going to try it I just wanted to know.

  2. rebel yell

    rebel yell Songster

    Jun 27, 2010
    You will be supprised at the people on here that wash there eggs, by washing I meen wipe them off with a damp cloth thats what I do, & yes I have hatched them.
  3. I wash eggs for myself, not the eggs I sell. I use hot water and dawn soap scrub the eggs off and then dry them. The eggs get set in the bator within 5-7 days of washing them. I'll only wash if I get a dirty egg, like when it rains they eggs can get muddy.
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    99+% of all egg hatched in the US are washed...
  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful

    Apr 11, 2010
    I don't, and have have great hatches with dirty eggs. [​IMG]
  6. cat1994

    cat1994 Songster

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Thanks everyone for your help
  7. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Songster

    Jan 1, 2011
    I plan on setting some eggs tomorrow and may only wipe off any that show some dirt.
  8. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I've washed eggs by submerging them completely in a dilute bleach solution and scrubbing them with a scourer before rinsing them off under hot water. Their hatch rate was better than for the ones I just rinsed off and much better than for the ones I didn't wash at all.
  9. Tony

    Tony Songster

    Jan 16, 2008
    I have many times, hatched eggs that were almost frozen, that I washed useing the snow on the ground, then water inside the house. The chicks hatched out perfectly fine and grew and lived nice,normal lives. 99.9% of the eggs I hatch are washed before incubating with the results being 90-95% hatch rates.

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