Eggs covered with poo of the broody, on 3rd day of the hatching.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Saleem, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Saleem

    Saleem New Egg

    Dec 16, 2016
    Hi, I'm new. Should I clean the eggs that got covered by the poo of the broody, while the broody is out of her cage?

    Please advice. Should I or I shouldn't?

    If yes, then, how? With a wet cloth?


  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Saleem, and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. Yes, and yes to both questions.

    Best wishes
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  3. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Looks like you have your answer so I'll just say hello and thanks for joining us!
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  4. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

    May 22, 2013
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  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and my warmest welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you decided to join the community and I do hope you will make yourself at home here! :frow
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  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Saleem [​IMG] Welcome!

    I agree; you can clean them with a wet cloth but gently as you do not want to remove the bloom which naturally protects the egg.

    It is interesting that she is pooping on them. Usually a broody hen will save it up and on one of her breaks from sitting, drop a huge, smelly broody poop.

    I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] icky poo. Are you making her leave the nest at least a couple times a day so she can eat, drink and poop? Some refuse to leave unless you put them out.
  8. Saleem

    Saleem New Egg

    Dec 16, 2016

    Oh Great! I'm glad to have joined this group.

    Yes, I cleaned them, yesterday.

    Thanks for your reply!
  9. Saleem

    Saleem New Egg

    Dec 16, 2016

    No. I didn't allowed them to leave for three days, as I wanted them to accept their new hatching cage.

    I bought them from the market two months ago. I believe they are from a free range farm, because, I noticed that they were fearful of me and my family.

    Its the peak of the winter, here in Saudi Arabia. So, hardly they were sitting on their eggs for an or two max. After that, they use to enter our house and make loud sounds. I left them on their own for a few days, to see, if they choose a place/corner, of their choice. But, they didn't.

    Then I approached them, to hold them and to move them along with their eggs, to another bedroom, they never accepted it. They used to run away. Still, they were making sounds, signaling their broodiness.

    Hence I bought two cages that were means for birds or parrots. I did put a corrugated box beneath, used a tray, added some chips of wood, that I got from a local carpenter.

    They were not comfortable with it, I noticed that for two to three days.

    Then I replaced the wood chips with grass. They accepted it.

    In the three days, they had spoiled all the eggs and the entire room was smelling very bad. I was hardly getting time to given them food and water.

    Yesterday was the weekend over here, hence let them go out in the boundry of my house.

    I then cleaned all the eggs with warms water and sponge. It took more than an hour to clean everything: Eggs, Cage and its base, got fresh grass from the neighborhood, cleaned the bedroom, etc.

    Later, I had to get them forcefully into my house and left them calmly in the cage. For about 30 mins, they were just standing still, next to the egg basket, not going into the eggs to hatch them. I think, they were surprised, with changes.

    I got worried. But, an hour later I peeped in the bedroom, to see that, Ahhh... they both were hatching!

    Thanks! Shall update as time permits.
  10. Saleem

    Saleem New Egg

    Dec 16, 2016
    Hello All,

    I'm so happy to see your support and eagerness to share your knowledge and experience.

    Your tips/answers/replies/comments are very valuable to me. I'm new to any forum.

    Hence, please excuse me if I make delays in replying to you or thanking you for your support.


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