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Cleaning eggs for hatching: Bleach or Viratec-P?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Peckinabout, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Peckinabout

    Peckinabout New Egg

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    I have a pet/poultry steriliser 'Viratec-P' (apparently DEFRA approved, seemingly tailored for equipment rather than animals but sounds animal safe) and basic household bleach. Which should I use to wash eggs for hatching?

    I know some people use diluted bleach solution - if so, how diluted? (I also have bars of soap and fairy liquid of course)

    I just read one report of washing eggs in water 'hot enough to bare' - sounds a bit hot to me!!

    This is my first time hatching. Going to be incubating, and as it seems one of my Silkies is now broody (surprise surprise), sitting too! [​IMG]

    Thanks
     
  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would not wash in anything, just scrape off what you can, or buff off- if it is way too poopy then use another egg.
     
  3. chickentrack

    chickentrack Out Of The Brooder

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    never ever wash
     
  4. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Washing eggs for hatching, removes the bloom on the egg that keeps out bacteria.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2013
  5. Peckinabout

    Peckinabout New Egg

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    I've read that - also makes sense. Thanks for your replies. Opted for Virtec-P in the end at 0.5% (lukewarm, gently removing dirt). Will keep posted on fertility and hatch rate (if any!).
     

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