Dirty eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by harbor hens, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. harbor hens

    harbor hens New Egg

    Jul 12, 2011
    I was asked by a friend to help hatch a batch of eggs from his coop, his eggs are not collected every day and they are covered with dry poop by the time they are collected. can a dirty egg be hatched in an incubator? And how old can it be before it's too late to place in an incubator?
  2. ParagonPoultry

    ParagonPoultry Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2011
    Paragon, IN
    Broody hens hatch dirty eggs. Most people like the clean what they can off with a lightly moist paper towel. Typical rule is under 10 days old for best hatch rate. Personally, I've hatched 3 week old eggs.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    If there is a lot of poop on the egg then I take scrub pad and clean it off as best I can. I have hatched eggs that have been a little dirty ok.

    This is a Pheasant egg that hatched, just an example. It was really dirty and I did clean it but the poop was dried on pretty good.
  4. harbor hens

    harbor hens New Egg

    Jul 12, 2011
    O.K. thanks so much for the info and photo!
  5. ggrap

    ggrap Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2007
    Don't clean the egg with anything wet because it will remove the bloom, which protects the embryo inside. Use a light sandpaper to remove the stuff. But best case senario is to pick clean eggs that are as fresh as possible. I think no older than 5 or 6 days, longer than that you will get a much small percentage to hatch.

    If you need to save the eggs because you don't have enough from one day, put them in an egg carton, point down and lean them against a wall. About a 55 degree angle, and flip carton to the other end every 3 hrs or so as you can. You want to keep them in a room that is cool, about 50 or so, to prevent the germination from starting before you want it to.

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