has anyone washed their duck eggs to get better hatch rate?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gemtruker, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. gemtruker

    gemtruker Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 23, 2016
    a long time ago someone told me to put 1 tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water to wash eggs(lightly). my hatch rate went up to 85%. having poor rates now. not washing eggs. they develop and die in shell. any ideas? Thanks
  2. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2016
    Rhode Island
    My Coop
    I don't wash mine, and have an 87% hatch rate so far in 2016.

    Last 2 hatches were at 100% - but looking at your history washing eggs seems to be better for you. Why'd you stop?
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2016
  3. learycow

    learycow Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 1, 2011
    Southern Maine
    I wash all my eggs (warm water rinse, nothing else) before incubating. It has never affected my hatch rate
    Personally I think its better that way you don't introduce bacteria into your incubator
  4. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2013
    We use warm to the touch water and a soft facial brush to remove any surface dirt without destroying the bloom of the egg. My daughter put eggs in without washing them and had an outbreak of bacteria that was fatal but I have always taken the time to wash them and I have had good results hatching.

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