Dirty eggs - what do I do???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mariathesilkie, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. mariathesilkie

    mariathesilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so my clumsy silkie has broken two of the eggs she has been sitting on in the past two days. She still has six eggs under her but the problem is these eggs are now covered in yolk etc. The eggs are now at about day 12. I'm not sure what to do as I've read that dirty eggs won't hatch well, but I've also read that you shouldn't clean eggs. And it's not even like poo that can kind of be flaked off a bit so I'm not sure how clean I'd be able to get them anyway. Do I just leave the eggs and hope for the best - I'm sure this sort of thing happens in nature! Any advice would be apprecited - this is my first time hatching eggs and it is STRESSFUL!
     
  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    I would leave them and hope for the best, I wouldn't risk washing them, yolk can be like glue, really hard to wash off and I'd be afraid of the temp. messing with them when washing or the bloom getting washed off and some sort of bacteria getting into the developing eggs
     
  3. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    oh and [​IMG] and good luck with your first hatch!
     
  4. nothingbutbirds

    nothingbutbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    gently wipe off the eggs with warm water and a soft rag of some sort that dosent scratch DO NOT SCRUB this can take of the important protective coating on the egg thos letting bacteria in, when this happens never let them be i have and a lot of the eggs grew mold in yhe inside and lost some chicks even had to open eggs up and take the mold out trust me if u get them washed now it will save u a lot of stress in the future
     
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    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. nothingbutbirds

    nothingbutbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    u do have a point but once u have mold in the eggs u want 2 try everything u can to make sure u dont ever get it again. i cried for hours watching the poor babies gasp for air and not knowing how to help.when they r in the eggs they die a slow death cuz the mold slowly starts to go into the chicks lungs and stuff.if it were just poop i would agree but i dont ever want anyone eklse to experience what i did
     
  7. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would totally leave things alone. In general, the less we mess with stuff, the better off we are. Leave 'em be.
     
  8. nothingbutbirds

    nothingbutbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    which ever way u decide 2 go i wish u and your hen the best of luck [​IMG]
     
  9. cochins1088

    cochins1088 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since it's a bit of a debate, I would like to share my opinion. I personally would wipe them down with warm water. It won't really affect the eggs, and wiping them has proved to save them in my case. I have tried both ways. When I left them be, many of them died (not from mold, but from bacteria and lack of pores). When I cleaned them, all but one hatched. I realize there are other factors, but I also always clean my incubator eggs from the start and get 95% hatch rates. If you are questioning whether to clean them for the start, thats really deabtable and people should just do what they feel is right. But since these eggs are literally covered in other egg contents (blocking pores) I would definately clean them. Might I add, I did scrub too. You should make sure you get close to all of the yolk off. You will also want to change the nesting material, and if it's really bad, wash the hens underside and give it a quick blow dry. Just try to have the egg back underneath of her within 20 minutes.
     
  10. nothingbutbirds

    nothingbutbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have scrubed before 2 got 6 out of 7 but i didnt want to say to because most sources say not to i have heard that hatcheries put he eggs in buckets of warm water, u can do that to get the humidity up fast
     

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