Disinfecting an Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickensrock10110, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Chickensrock10110

    Chickensrock10110 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2009
    How do you disinfect an incubator?

    I have a LG 9200 and all my babies have hatched out.I am planning to put a new batch soon and I was wondering how to disinfect a LG foam incubator ....is it even possible?

    The incubator has a funky smell and I`m worried it could kil the next batch....The eggs of the new batch are getting old so I need to set them soon.I don`t have the instructions as I bought it from a garage sale.Can anyone help me?THANK YOU!
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    I am new so I am not shure , I would think that you could use hot water with a little bleach in it to carefully wipe down the inside carefull not to bump anything and then let it air dry but again Im new so I am not shure.
  3. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    I use a 30:1 water/bleach mixture and just wipe it down.
  4. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I used a bleach solution on my styrofoam one, then let it sit outside in the sun a couple days.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:We then set it in the sun for a couple of hours and pack it away.

    Next year, January, we'll try again.
  6. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    I spray with 10% bleach/ water and let sit about ten minutes. Then I rinse & use dish soap and water and scrub it. I then let it dry in the sun.

    As an incubator ages, especially the styrofoam ones, germs build up in the pores of the 'bator and kill embryos. After a few hatches, you will notice your hatch rate start to go down. Washing and bleach can't get them, protected by the pores...so you can paint the whole inside with either latex paint or smooth on clear silicone caulking for fish tanks. You want to cover all exposed styrofoam. New hovabators come with a plastic liner, which helps clean up, but is not enough to totally prevent germ buildup, so you will still need to seal the thing. The cork lined tin can types are the same...germs are not a problem for the first hatch or two, but then you need to seal the thing.
  7. Hi! The LG and Hova bottoms and screens, I put in the bathtub with bleach / water. The only thing I've ever done to the tops is wipe them with same bleach / water and them wipe again with damp cloth.

    I just cleaned my original LG for the FIRST time since I started using it in fall '05 (it's been continually in use since then).
    I had a chick hatch early in the turner last week and made quite a bloody mess, so I broke down and cleaned it.

    The ones I use as hatchers get bleached between every hatch (weekly).

    Get it cleaned and get those eggs set. They aren't getting any younger [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I use both brinsea incubation disfinectant, and peroxide. Peroxide kills everything just like bleach, but without the fumes.
  9. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I also used a weak bleach, dawn dishliquid and warm water soak in the bathtub for the bottom, wire and the plastic trough. The top I wipe down with a cloth in the same solution. Set in the sun and air dry all day on a good day.
  10. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I'm with Lisa, I never have cleaned an incubator unless an egg exploded or something nasty like that. If it is clean to begin with and you don't use it as a hatcher, it never gets very dirty. I do clean with a bleach/water mix when I do clean the hatcher though. I put everything submersible into a bucket of bleach water, let it soak, rinse it off with the water hose then dry it.

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