First time broody with filthy eggs, should I do anything?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickboss, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    I have my first broody and she of course set herself up in the worst place possible in a bin under the roosts. Today, I was gentle trying to clean her nest and was preparing to move her nest area when she spooked and jumped off the nest. Her eggs are disgusting. Caked with poo. I didn't know what to do, since all of the broodies we had when we were young free ranged and when we came upon a nest it was usually very clean. This is her first time being a Mamma, so I don't know if she has been defecating in her own nest or if she is getting off the nest in the evening while the others have already been roosting. It is kind of funny, because that is an area of the roosts that the hens previously were not using until about 4 days ago. Figures, silly chickens... [​IMG] Anyway, I don't know if I should somehow try to clean them or not. I don't want to keep disturbing her, and I don't want to damage the eggs, but don't want problems with bacteria either. Thanks for any advice!
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I'm not sure, haven't had a broody before. So here's a bump for you.
  3. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    The bloom on her eggs protects them from bacteria. She put on the bloom, before they got poopy. If the broody is gonna hatch them, I would not worry about cleaning them, at all. Chances are, she might have a small poop in the nest while she's setting on them. Hopefully not. But, if you've washed them, you would have removed the protective bloom and any new dirt or poop after that will penetrate the egg and contaminate the embryo or chick. You cannot re-coat the washed egg with anything like vaseline or the chick won't be able to breath inside the egg.

    So, I'd just LEAVE the eggs as they are. If you absolutely HAVE to clean, rub very gently & lightly with a dry cloth. Then turn your back and forget the eggs are dirty. After all, you don't have to eat these.
  4. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    new2chooks~ Thanks for the bump!

    feathersnuggles~ I haven't cleaned them yet, so I'll let them be. Thanks for the info. I knew about the bloom, but wasn't sure how well it worked. LOL. Silly monkey that I am, just can't trust M. Nature to take care of her own [​IMG] I'll turn my back and forget about it. LOL, hopefully, I'll have eight or so adorable mutt chicks in another week and a half or so... [​IMG]
  5. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Songster

    Hey Chickboss, search "broody hen article" on this site; there is a great article about the ins and outs of managing a broody. I just had one of my hens hatch a few Maran eggs for me for the first time, and (after the fact) this article answered a lot of my questions for me. This has been really fun to observe and the chicks are doing great with very little help from me.
  6. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Thanks Nostalchic! I'll check it out! [​IMG]

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