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HELP! clean poop off fertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fun monitor, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. fun monitor

    fun monitor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had eggs shipped to me today and I'm going to put them under my broody tonight. BUT...several (at least 4) are poopy and I'm not sure if I should gently clean it off or leave it. HELP?!
     
  2. debbyluvschickens

    debbyluvschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really dont know, but I bought some extremely poopy eggs, and I washed them, cause I turn mine by hand, and aint no way I was gonna touch baked on poop 3 times a day for 3 weeks...nope....but out of over 3 dozen, I have 3 chicks and now Im wishin I had baked that poop after all......
     
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    DO NOT WASH EGGS!!! They are porous and they will absorb all that poop through the shell when you wet it. If you MUST knock off some poop do what I do. I keep a gallon ice cream bucket half full of sand in the hatching house and I rub them in sand to knock off excess poo. I only do this when there is so much poop I can't write the date on the egg, the rest of them go in poopy and 98% of them hatch.
     
  4. fun monitor

    fun monitor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One vote for leave it. Gotcha. I know that's usually what you're supposed to do when it comes to eggs but in all of my obsessive reading online I've seen a few things about bacteria and contaminating the rest of the eggs.

    Ah, the joys of too much information [​IMG]

    Thanks for your input!
     
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I hatch out about 5000 birds a year, guineas, turkeys, ducks, chickens, peafowl etc... so I wouldn't steer you in the wrong direction. Normally I don't post unless it's something I KNOW I know.
     
  6. fun monitor

    fun monitor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Kristin, I trust you know your stuff! So don't flake it off with a dry paper towel?
     
  7. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    You can do that too, or use your fingernails, or a knife or whatever you have as long as you don't damage the the protective coating on the shell. Its a lot cleaner and really quick to use the sand. My guineas can take a one inch spot of water in their run and lay ALL their eggs in it, and smash them in the ground. so i keep my sand bucket handy. I will also add that I use play sand, which is really fine and doesn't scratch the egg shell.
     

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