Do these eggs need washing?

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  1. Letticethemagpieduck

    Letticethemagpieduck Songster

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    I am going to set these eggs for incubator this evening and was wondering if they need washing/wiping down with a cloth to get the dirt off?
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    I have had bad experiences in the past where the eggs have not fully developed due to bacteria entering the egg.
    Thank you x
     
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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I don't wash my hatching eggs. I might wipe off the dry dirt a bit with a dry napkin although I leave the bloom on. I have a dirty egg in my incubator and it's doing great.
     
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  3. Letticethemagpieduck

    Letticethemagpieduck Songster

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    Ah ok, thank you.
     
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  4. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks French Marans Convert

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    It’s better to wash them than have dirty eggs. Make sure you wash them all. :)
     
  5. Letticethemagpieduck

    Letticethemagpieduck Songster

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    Is it just with hot water or is there anything I need to add?
     
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  6. Cluckerzfamilyfarm

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    I wouldnt use water. Just a dry rag and wipe the loose stuff off. Washing them can cause them to go bad faster as you will wash away any natural defense the shell has. Just my opinion.
     
  7. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks French Marans Convert

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    Here’s a paragraph form Holderread’s Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks:
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  8. happy duck

    happy duck Crazy duck mom

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    Hope your eggs turn out in the incubator! Make sure to keep us updated on progress.
     
  9. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    I don't wash dirty eggs, but I do wipe any poop off with a damp cloth (or just don't incubate them)
     
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  10. Cluckerzfamilyfarm

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    Thank you for your insightful post of the book. @MagpieDucks
     

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