Dirty Hatching Eggs....

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kraeuterelfe, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. Kraeuterelfe

    Kraeuterelfe In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2012

    we ordered some duck hatching eggs from different farms and were very surprised about how dirty some of them are.

    My best guess is, that the first farm collected them in a coop with clean shavings and the other farm gathered them from outside.

    Dirt, poop, pieces of straw and the local fauna still sticking to most of the eggs.

    Do I have to be overly concerned about eggs starting to rot in the incubator?

    Should I try to wipe down the dirty ones carefully with a damp cloth?

    What would you do?

    Any experiences? Recommendations?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Songster

    Jul 26, 2014
    I would wipe down the ones with feces on them with a damp cloth, yes. Maybe just dust off ones with only dirt or straw. It's typically best not to actually wash hatching eggs since you can remove a very important protective layer on the shells. That said, it's definitely not good to allow any feces or really dirty eggs into an incubator. So it's ok to do a little spot cleaning in this case. :)

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