dirty eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lincolnsilkies, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. lincolnsilkies

    lincolnsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quick question for ya all i got some wyandotte eggs today and some of them are really dirty can a clean them off or not the reason i want to know is i have some other eggs in the incubator and i dont want them to harm those eggs or the other wyandotte eggs?
     
  2. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    sorry in cant help much but i know that i wouldnt wash them but just gentlly wipe them off the best i could then put them in the bator its worked for me but then again this is only my 3rd and the easter hatch will be my 4th (hoping i can get some duck eggs in for that maybe :)
     
  3. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you make sure the water is warm not hot or cold and just carefully rinse them off without scrubbing them with a scratchy they should be okay. The main thing is you don't want to scrub them because it removes the bloom from the egg and makes it more susceptible to bacteria
     
  4. lincolnsilkies

    lincolnsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both!!!
     
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    If you wash them, do a google search. Do NOT use cold water. Use hot water.
     
  6. Fly Fisher

    Fly Fisher Out Of The Brooder

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    I wash all my dirty eggs because I amost always have multiple hatches going and my batosr runs constantly. .I use warm water and a soft wash cloth. When I first started I put a W on every egg I washed to compare the washed eggs to those that were collected clean. I have not seen any difference in hatch rate between washed and not washed.
     

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