Eggs being used for hatching should not be washed, but...(help)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ItsSuzzie, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. ItsSuzzie

    ItsSuzzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, I have read in several places, do not wash your hatching eggs, you could push the bacteria inside the egg and kill the chick.

    You also risk the chance of removing the film on the egg that protects the chick.

    I have also heard others who disinfect their eggs before they incubate.
    And I have read that the best way to clean a hatching egg, if you must use that egg, is to use a light sand paper.

    Well, it has been snowing here and the eggs look real bad, splashed messy.

    I am learning to use the Bator right now, so I do not want to pitch these eggs. Just not interested in infecting the bator.

    Just what do you use to clean a hatching egg you want to use?
    What Chemical, if any? What temperature water, if any?
    Have you cleaned eggs for your own hatch? How did it turn out?

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I don't wash my hatching eggs. I wipe what I can off with a dry paper towel. If they're too dirty I just don't put them in the bator. Not worth the risk to any other eggs I've got in there.
     
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    If you MUST wash an egg, take a small bucket and fill it about half way or so with some fine sand. Rub the egg with the sand and MOST of the goo will come off. I use this method when necessary and it's not near as harsh as sandpaper, it kind of polishes the egg and doesn't scratch it.
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:I like this idea alot. I never did like the idea of using sand paper.
     
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Hey, us country folk gotta use whats handy!! It does work really well. I just took some sand out of dd's sandbox, because play sand is SOOOO fine.
     
  6. ItsSuzzie

    ItsSuzzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    All right, fine sand. That makes perfect sense. It should work, eggs are not hen dirty...get my drift? Eggs are Rain dirty, we had snow here a couple of days ago.

    Thank you all for your help!!!

    Anyone else can add to this, I will review it again. The person who disinfected their eggs was a 4H'er. Love the clues, especially if they work.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Litewings

    Litewings Chillin' With My Peeps

    151
    1
    121
    Oct 25, 2008
    Summerfield, NC
    Wow! Fine Sand!
    I like that idea.

    Litewings
    [​IMG]
     
  8. chickalator

    chickalator Chillin' With My Peeps

    184
    0
    129
    Mar 5, 2008
    Senoia Georgia
    i used a firm toothebrush.
     
  9. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I have heard the bacteria arguement before but I used to wash off any spots on mine that needed it with just plain water or a wet paper towel, they still hatched.
    Becky
     
  10. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    528
    3
    141
    Nov 20, 2008
    Astatula Florida
    Got lot of sand here in Florida..[​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by