dirty eggs under broody..to wash or leave?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by spish, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    just checked on the eggs while broody is getting some water and the eggs are filthy. looks like a couple got broke and the others have rolled in the mess, then mums sat on top and all bits of feathers/mud/straw/leaves have stuck to the drying gloop.


    is it an idea to wash them or leave them? they are only on day 2................
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Personally, I would knock off as much "junk" as I could, and put them back, I wouldn't wash them. If you wash off the bloom, and they get pooped on, there will be nothing to protect them from all the bacteria...
     
  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Agree with Clover. Big chunks go, but don't wash if they have to survive outside.
     
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just had two pretty poopy eggs hatch under a broody, so no leave well alone,

    Sandie
     
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

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    I had the same thing happen, I did take a warm wash cloth down and got the worst off, I did not scrub them, but a couple of the eggs were terrible. I had about a 50% hatch.
     

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