Cleaning Hatching Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Stacykins, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Stacykins

    Stacykins Crowing

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    OK, so a bit of minor OCD is bugging me a bit. I know not to wash hatching eggs. But is there a best way to gently clean them off? I have some duck hatching eggs that are on the dirty side (I know ducks tend to have muddy feets and get 'em all over their eggs, so I know it is normal). I just want to clean them off a bit so I can better candle them when they are developing. I haven't popped them in the incubator yet, they're still settling. But I want to clean them before they go in.

  2. sheboyganjohn

    sheboyganjohn In the Brooder

    Jan 4, 2012
    Sheboygan, WI
    I have not done a ton of hatching, usually only one set a year, but have dealt with dirty eggs. What I have done is use a small medium bristle brush and cleaned them dry.

    I have just set 59 eggs and had some dirty ones. I put some in dirty (with in reason), used a damp paper towel and very precisely cleaned a few and the others I just wiped down completely with the damp paper towel just to see what happens.
  3. dickhorstman

    dickhorstman Songster Premium Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    I wash all dirty eggs with warm water. Hatcheries wash every eggs before setting.
  4. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen

    May 18, 2011
    Wash to me implies a good scrub... I don't do that. I use Oxine in my water and get a rag and run water over the egg. Really dirty eggs I dab the dirt till it is gone. I run water over them again. I don't rub anything hard enough to rub the bloom off. It seems to be working fine. 90% of my eggs develop and of the viable eggs that make it to lockdown most all of them hatch. Bacteria is what stops most eggs from developing so I think a sanitizer is a good idea just don't scrub or rub too much. Remove all you can and leave the rest.
  5. HetaChick

    HetaChick Songster

    May 31, 2011
    Cleaned a really filthy OEGB egg which as covered in something rather nasty with warm water and a paper towel. Now I have a healthy baby bird. I'd wash it/ or rinse and wipe off.

  6. Stacykins

    Stacykins Crowing

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    Whew, thanks all. I used warm water and a damp paper towel to clean the dirt off the eggs and dried each egg promptly with a fresh hand towel. I've never cleaned an egg before (never really had any that needed it), so seeing the dirt was making my head spin!

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