Dirty eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by girls and guineas, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. girls and guineas

    girls and guineas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody silkie hen pooped in her nest and one egg got dirty. Is that okay? I read somewhere that you should not wash off the eggs.
     
  2. 15shenyl

    15shenyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't think you should wash it. I heard somewhere if you do wash it's for incubator reasons and if you were to wash them it could be hard on the developing chick. But if you do wash you use as hot of water as you can possibly handle and only do it for a few seconds.
     
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  3. Redbird1950

    Redbird1950 New Egg

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    I have found that a real good way to get the poop off is to gently scrape it off with a popsicle stick.
     
  4. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101 here is a paste from the article and here is another link to have a look at https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mushy-chick-disease-yolk-sack-infection-omphalitis


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    Collection & Storage of Eggs
    Sources for eggs are to search the BYC buy sell trade section, Craigslist and eBay. Your local thread on BYC may be the best bet for local eggs! Look for your local site in the “Social section” “Where am I? Where are You!” on BYC.

    Choose eggs that are of good size, not abnormally big or small. Do NOT set dirty, cracked, or porous eggs. Try not to wash eggs as you will disrupt the protective barrier. Avoid using cloths to clean eggs because this removes the egg's protective coating and exposes it to entry of disease organisms. The washing and rubbing action also serves to force disease organisms through the pores of the shell. Place the eggs upright in an egg carton with the FAT, air cell end of the egg UP! Allow eggs to sit in a moderately cool, somewhat humid place for storage. Basements are great. Moderately cool means 55-65 degrees. Rotate your eggs a 3 times a day to keep the embryo from sticking. An easy way to turn all of the eggs at once is to place a thick book under one end of the carton, and later remove the book and put it under the other end of the carton, 3 times a day. Before adding eggs to the incubator always WARM eggs UP slowly to room temperature. IF THE EGGS ARE COLD Condensation can cause bacterial growth on the eggs! You can collect eggs up until 10 days or so, but after the 7th day lower hatch rates may result. Stored eggs take longer to hatch (about one hour per day of storage).

    It is important to ALWAYS wash your hands before handling your hatching eggs!

    Omphalitis, yolk sack infection is caused by a bacterium that enters through the porous egg shell and easily kills embryo's and newly hatched chicks. Unfortunately, incubation conditions are ideal for breeding bacteria as well as incubating eggs.
    For more information on storing eggs refer to Recommendations for hatching egg handling and storage



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    Is it Fertile or Infertile?


    To check the fertility, simply break an egg in a bowl. Find the white spot on the yolk. If you do not, use a spoon to gently flip the yolk over until you find it.
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    If the egg is fertile, the white mark will be nearly perfectly round and in the center it will be yellow;
    it will resemble a donut. If it is infertile, the white mark will not be very round, and in most cases, smaller than that of the fertile mark. If the egg is not fertile, the 'white mark' is called a "blastodisc". If the egg is fertile, the 'white mark' it is called a "blastoderm", and this means that cell division, because of fertilization, occurred.
    A link with more pics of fertile vs Non Eggs! https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures
     
  5. girls and guineas

    girls and guineas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your info!!
     
  6. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    your welcome!
     

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