Help! Broody hen broke an egg!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by erinnyes, May 19, 2012.

  1. erinnyes

    erinnyes Chirping

    114
    5
    91
    Sep 28, 2011
    Basically I ordered some *fancy expensive* eggs from a breeder, and gave them to my proven broody to hatch for me! She had great sucess with her last clutch, ut today I found that one of her eggs was broken, and the others are now covered in sticky mess!

    What do I do? I know there's a big danger of bacterial infection now for the other eggs, but should I wash them or leave them be and hope for the best?
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2012
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    87,938
    133,454
    1,817
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If it were me, I would clean the eggs as best I could with a soft cloth. I would also remove all bedding from the nest and replace with clean bedding and hope for the best. Also check the hen's breast and underside and wash that if necessary.
     
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    4,727
    181
    294
    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Where I live ants are often attracted to spilled food, so you could also sprinkle some insecticidal powder under the new bedding. You may also want to candle the remaining eggs, the one that broke may have had hairline cracks, and others may have them too. I wish you success with this hatch!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: