Found broken egg under broody hen/cleaning remaining eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Maemujwok, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Maemujwok

    Maemujwok Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first time letting a broody hatch eggs. We have her set up in her own nest, but it turns out the other girls are getting jealous. We've had two broken eggs this week. :( I am going to create an isolated area for her, just needed to wait until Saturday (tomorrow) to do it.

    The first egg that broke just had a crack and didn't make a mess. This morning though the egg that broke made a mess and there was yolk all over the remaining eggs! I just wiped them clean with a dry rag but there is still sticky yolk left behind. Should I wipe them with a wet rag or leave them? I don't want to make the chicks sick by wiping off bloom, but don't know if the yolk on the shell is going to cause bacteria growth.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I don't have a good answer but I would worry about oxygen not transpiring through the blocked pores.
    I'm sure I'll get beat up for this but I've looked at some research and it may be a good idea to actually clean them with a bleach/water mix. Very weak, like a tablespoon in a gallon type ratio.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. rocknchickenfam

    rocknchickenfam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too had this happen this year... the eggs were a mess...it was my first time hatching with a broody...I panickly researched and decided to clean the eggs with Dawn dish soap and water. I had a bucket of soap water and used paper towel that was rung out well then dry paper towel to pat dry. I also tried not to scrub. As soon as they were as clean as I could get them without too much scrubbing...I stuck them immediately back under the broody. Hope this is helpful. Oh... the eggs did fine and hatched!
     
  5. rocknchickenfam

    rocknchickenfam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Forgot to say I also changed the nesting material
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Also, if you clean them, make sure to use water about 20 degrees warmer than the egg so any debris will be forced out of the pores rather than into the pores.
     
  7. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    How would the temp in a duck egg be? Any different than a chicken egg?
     

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