dirty eggs??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sue5050, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. sue5050

    sue5050 Out Of The Brooder

    I am new to incubating chicken eggs, my daughter bought me some eggs from a farmer and they were soiled. I said I need to clean them but she said no the lady told her not to. so.. I set them yesterday, then, I read that they can get sick and die when hatching from dirty eggs,my question is should I leave them or take them out and wash them? or is it too late? thks for replying
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Wipe dirty areas with a paper towel. Whatever stays on is fine. If you wash them they are more susceptible to bacterial infestation. I know right? Sounds a bit counter intuitive. Eggs have a natural coating called bloom. It protects the porous egg shell from bacteria. If you wash it your taking off the bloom.

    If your keen on washing the eggs you should sterilize your hands every time you touch them thereafter. It's just like the need to keep eggs in fridge if you wash them. If you keep as is you can store eggs in a basket on your kitchen counter for months. It's all about the bloom.
     
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  3. sue5050

    sue5050 Out Of The Brooder

    thx, I will do that, next time I will not set them dirty like that.
     
  4. Chaos18

    Chaos18 Minion King Premium Member

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    Unless there are big chunks of mud and dirt on them they should be fine as is.

    Washing, Cuticle, Sweating eggs post #63837
     
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    You can still pull them out for a quick wipe and put back in. I'm with Chaos18 in that smudges don't matter, wipe off the chunks and caked on stuff.
     

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