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Eggs...clean or not to clean.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sunne73, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Sunne73

    Sunne73 Out Of The Brooder

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    I absolutely love BYC and all the helpful info that I get on here...but so often its conflicting...so here I find myself with 20 little silkie eggs that I desperately want to hatch. I am setting them on wednesday and I do not know if I want to clean the shells or not. They all look relatively clean already but I have read several posts from those that soak their eggs in a bleach solution and swear to a great hatch. I know that cleaning the eggs is not the only factor that lead to a great hatch but I want to do everything humanly possible to get some babies from this hatch. Any thoughts? [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2011
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    You can wipe them off if they are really dirty, BUT DON'T WASH.
     
  3. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personally would leave them be.. No wiping or cleaning!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Chicken Charlotte

    Chicken Charlotte Out of the Brooder

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    Quote:I aggree
     
  5. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ran mine under cold water and lightly brushed them off with a brisle brush, and mine are doing great!!! If they are ran under hot/warm water, it opens the pores in the shell and the dirt can get in, so I use clod water. Good luck!
     
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I do not set any obviously dirty eggs. I read an extensive indepth data sheet on the egg white. It has amazing properties to fight infectious "things"; biochemicals like antimicrobials . So I do not clean them either.

    Large hatcheries need in depth protocols to maintain production and sanitation and disease prevention; they have huge amounts of $$$ riding on successful hatches of 1000's of eggs.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    If the eggs are really dirty (poopy) I do take a scrubbie and lightly clean the poop off of the eggs before I set them. I don't want poopy eggs in my incubator and I'm sure it isn't good for the chicks either. This is just what I do...
     

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