Eggs have manure on them (and smell like it too). What can be done?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 777funk, May 16, 2016.

  1. 777funk

    777funk Out Of The Brooder

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    The last batch of eggs had some spots of manure on them and they stink (like a barnyard). What can be done about this? Is it safe to eat or to place into the incubator?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    First off, if you want to incubate, clean out the nest and put new nesting material in it. Then stop the hens from sleeping in the nests.
    If you wash the egg well, you can probably eat it but I wouldn't try to incubate an egg covered with feces.
     
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    Thanks! What could happen with the dirty eggs if they were incubated?
     
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    Bacteria can seep through the pores, infect the embryo and kill it. Incubator temperatures are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Thoroughly cooking can kill the same bacteria.

    Do you have a plan for keeping the hens from sleeping in the nests?
     
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