Handwashing or laytex gloves?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Parson's Wife, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    I've had some tell me just the handwashing before touching eggs, and someone told me always wear gloves....
    Is handwashing enough? Or do ya'll find laytex gloves work best?
    (For incubating eggs/ turning) [​IMG]
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have always just hand washed before and after taking care of the eggs or chickens...
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'd think handwashing would be fine. Let's face it - the underside of a momma hen is not the most sterile environment...
  4. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I'm allergic to laytex but still I'd choose handwashing. Some of those eggs the hen sits on have poo on them and they hatch fine... go figure...lol

    Julie [​IMG]
  5. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    Handwashing is most effective if you lather for a minimum of 20 seconds before rinsing. That is actually more effective than using anti-bacterial soap, unless of course you do the 20 sec routine with the anti-bacterial soap too. However, anti-bacterial soap is not necessary if you practice the 20 sec routine with ordinary hand soap. I hope that isn't confusing.

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