Do you Wash Duck Eggs Before Hatching??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickens4me, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. chickens4me

    chickens4me Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    Would it be a good idea to wash them first?

    I have 16 duck eggs I just bought locally for $10. (12 Khaki Campbells, Mallard, Crested)

    But they are Filthy & I now hesitate to put them in my incubator! [​IMG]

    How would you all wash them (if you do?)

    Thanks for your Help! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2009
  2. crazy cat lady

    crazy cat lady Songster

    Nov 20, 2008
    NW Illinois
    I never washed my duck eggs when I tried hatching pekin eggs a few years ago. Just wiped them off the best I could.
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    You can use a fine grain sand paper to get most of the gunk off, just be sure not to rub it too hard, you can damage the shell. I don't wash mine either, but there were a few that were wet and muddy when they were brought in. My dad got the bright idea to wipe them, so I guess in a way, they were washed. We'll see how they do.
  4. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

    Apr 9, 2007
    I run warm (almost hot, but not really hot) water from the faucet and pass the egg under it quickly. Then its wet enough to just rub all that gunk off with a paper towel or scrubbie. I don't hold it under the water and anything and I've had almost 100% hatches from my own duck eggs doing it that way.
  5. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I was given the option to 'moist wipe' the super muddy one's I had hatched... I decided not to, I was opting for a better hatch rate and I was scared to diminish the bloom on the outside of the egg.

    I did end up with 2 hatching out of 4 (one turned out not fertile at all). I was very pleased.

    They are just going to be very hard to candle, fair warning.
  6. chickens4me

    chickens4me Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    Chickenlisa, I think I will try the "almost hot" wash method...just for my own "peace of mind." [​IMG]

    vfem, I didn't know duck eggs were hard to candle! I won't worry so much about that now.

    Well, here I go...I am going to put in those first duck eggs ever!

    Thank you all! I'll let you know how it goes.... [​IMG]
  7. Webfoot

    Webfoot Songster

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central TX
    Yes, I wash all of the dirty ones. I did a head-to-head comparison of dirty eggs vs. washed ones last year and found no difference in the hatch rates. All my egg processing/storage/incubation/hatching is done in the house, so hygiene has to be a consideration. Bators are a perfect environment for bacterial growth and I like to keep mine as clean as possible, so no poop allowed!

  8. chickens4me

    chickens4me Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    They are in the bator~~All Washed properly. [​IMG]

    Now for the waiting. [​IMG] Hatching teaches patience for sure! [​IMG]

    Thanks again for your advice wonderful BYCers!~~It really was helpful.
  9. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    I have always washed my eggs - though I do have a few goose eggs in the bator right now that weren't very dirty, so I skipped it. I have pretty good luck, in fact last year I got some filthy call eggs from ebay and I scrubbed them with soap, still hatched 50% of them, and all of them developed to some point.
  10. chickens4me

    chickens4me Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    Here's an update....

    After 6 days, I candled these duck eggs and 12/16 have veins. [​IMG]

    And I scrubbed every single one before putting the incubator~~so it appears washing them may be a GOOD thing?!

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