Hatching eggs? To wash or not to wash?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rarebreedeggs4u, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are everyone's opinions on this? I have people saying NEVER wash and people saying wash ALL hatching eggs.

    The always wash people say 1 TB bleach to one gallon of lukewarm water, work fast soaking a few at a time, gently wiping away any dirt and watch for floaters (rotten eggs), then set on an egg rack to dry before setting.

    Then there are the "wipe only with a towel/paper towel" folks and some of the university ag. sites I've seen say use fine grit sand paper on dirty spots, no washing...arrrgh~LOL
     
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  2. NapsWithChickens

    NapsWithChickens ZZZZzzzzz....

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    Yeah, I would be interested in hearing the answer to this one, too. [​IMG]
     
  3. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    better not to wash them since water can be a very good way to transfer bacteria and germs into egg and cause blood ring.

    especially with duck egg, no need to wash, they have been earning ability to be a dirty and muddy poultry since they were born. [​IMG]

    if mud/dirt persist, perhaps just like you said, use sand paper, don't rub it too hard.
     
  4. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm with Mulia24 on this one. The broody hen doesn't wash her eggs and they seem to hatch just fine usually. It's not nice to criticize Mother Nature. [​IMG]
     
  5. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's also not nice to have oozing/exploding eggs in the incubator [​IMG] Hens are smart enough to push out bad eggs [​IMG]

    I bought a large group of eggs a few months ago and had a LOT of oozers that would have exploded if left...nastiness! The smell was so bad (you could smell it BEFORE you got in the house) I had to pull ALL eggs out in the middle of incubation for 15-20 minutes and disinfect the entire incubator, trays and all...not great on the eggs:/

    I've had several people tell me that washing would help prevent that and floaters would show bad eggs before they were set...?? Help! [​IMG]
     
  6. Tony

    Tony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first batch of eggs I ever hatched were washed, some were out of the refrigerator and some were even frozen and wiped clean using the snow on the ground at the time. I incubated 42 eggs and hatched them all. I don`t recommend washing or not washing, I`m just saying. lol
    Here`s my original post on the subject:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=47241
     
  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I have never had an oozing egg from my own flock. I purchased hatching egg several years ago from someone and got a couple oozers.

    With that said, I sometimes spot wash with a warm paper towel to get off bigger specks of dirt/poo. Also, I spray the eggs to be set with oxine.

    I would like to know if anyone here has experienced oozers with their own flock? Because I am leaning on the side of that "if it oozes it is probably pretty old". But, I could be wrong.
     
  8. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pips&peeps :

    I have never had an oozing egg from my own flock. I purchased hatching egg several years ago from someone and got a couple oozers.

    With that said, I sometimes spot wash with a warm paper towel to get off bigger specks of dirt/poo. Also, I spray the eggs to be set with oxine.

    I would like to know if anyone here has experienced oozers with their own flock? Because I am leaning on the side of that "if it oozes it is probably pretty old". But, I could be wrong.

    I've never had oozers with my own floak and I've set eggs up to 2 weeks old.

    Can you tell me more about the Oxine? What is it and how is it used? Thanks so much!​
     
  9. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have to admit I've only used outside incubators with two legs and covered with feathers. Your situation does put a different slant on things! [​IMG]
     
  10. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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