Do I wash the dirty eggs or not?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tallyho, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got some golden cuckoo marans eggs from a farm and they have some crud on them. I searched previous posts and some say to use hot water and Dawn, some say just wipe. Any other thoughts? I don't want to contaminate the incubator or any hatched chicks with 3 weeks of incubated bacteria but I want these to hatch.
     
  2. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Honestly I personally just scratch any dirt or poop off o fthm. Alternatively if the egg is very mportant too me and its REALLY dirty I have washed them before. I prefer not to though. When you wash the bloom off you leave the egg(and developing chick) more prone to invasion by bacteria.

    I guess its a personal choice with what you feel more comfortable doing, I've had good hatches doing it both ways.
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Every commercial hatchery I've ever read about washes and sanitizes their eggs. I figure they are onto something. I wash and sanitize all of mine.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    My Egg Washer Pro solution has a dilution strength on the bottle for washing hatching eggs. I haven't had to wash any of my hatching eggs yet, but I've got the cleaner if I need it.
     
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A.T. Hagan :

    Every commercial hatchery I've ever read about washes and sanitizes their eggs. I figure they are onto something. I wash and sanitize all of mine.

    I think just like you - only opposite. I have never seen a chicken wash her eggs before setting. So i don't. [​IMG] To each his or her own.​
     

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