Cleaning vs. Leaving?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stormie, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. stormie

    stormie Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm getting some eggs this coming Saturday and I have always washed my eggs beforehand and got good results but this year I limited the amount I'm hatching and I really want to be sure I have a high hatch ability. So, should I clean them or leave them be? I don't want an explosion...
     
  2. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Leave them be. You're more likely to have one explode if you do wash them, as you will wash away the bloom that prevents bacteria from entering the egg.
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I never wash the hatching eggs ever.
     
  4. stormie

    stormie Out Of The Brooder

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    Alright. Thanks guys! I'll take your word for it!
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I wont set a dirty egg without washing it first. Never been an issue. No reason to wash clean looking ones but sometimes I do anyway. Knock on wood, I've never had an egg explode in the 4 years I've been hatching.
     
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    If they are really dirt you can use sand paper and remove the poo.
     
  7. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never washed an egg.
     

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