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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by waw, Dec 7, 2011.
or do you just not hatch them
try to scrape what you can off, but if they are really bad, I just pitch them.
No I don't wash them unless they are really dirty. I have washed off really poopy eggs and put them in the incubator and they hatched just fine.
Dirty eggs are at higher risk of blood rings -
I personally avoid them, but some people scrape off what they can and incubate them with no problem.
Washing the eggs washes off the protective coating, and makes it easier for bacteria and disease to
enter the egg, however everybody has their own opinions about washing - I don't do it.
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they sale egg wash at tractor supply. soo it cant be bad to wash them. i rinse mine in warm water before i put them in the bator
I spray them with Oxine AH and dab the bad spots. My birds eggs are rarely dirty enough to clean, but other eggs I have gotten did need cleaning. Oxine will kill most of the germs that can cause a bad hatch.
Quote:I use Oxine too. It is great stuff.
I wash all my hatching eggs, visibly dirty or not, in a hot dilute bleach solution before rinsing them off under hot running water. I get a better hatch rate when I wash them all. It also seems to help keep them viable for longer when storing eggs for any length of time. I've washed eggs then stored them for upwards of 3 weeks and still got a pretty good hatch rate from them. I know some people cite the 'protective bloom' as a reason not to wash eggs, but every single commercial hatchery washes their eggs and they wouldn't be doing it if it didn't work...
I purchased some bantam polish eggs off of Ebay and they came with washing instructions and were really dirty. I have never washed eggs before but I had never received eggs quite this dirty before so I followed the instructions but instead of using bleach water for the final rinse I used Oxine and they are incubating pretty good so far but it is only day 5 for them so it is still to early to tell.