How to clean dirty duck eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lovnlife, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Lovnlife

    Lovnlife Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you clean duck eggs with water and then disinfect? or just not set dirty duck eggs?
     
  2. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are likely to get a variety of responses to this question.
    As for me, around here in the spring with the mud and all its nearly impossible to ever find a clean duck egg so they must be washed. I prefer to wash them as soon as I bring them in the house under hot running water scrubbing the mud off with my fingers if need be. I set them cross wise on top of an egg carton and let them air dry . I'm not concerned with "bloom" and I don't use any further disinfectant. These seem to incubate and hatch just fine for me.
     
  3. weaversfarm

    weaversfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I just incubated duck eggs in July. I did have one that was pretty dirty and I did wash it before I put it in the incubator. It was the only one out of 25 eggs that I incubated and it didn't hatch out. I'm thinking it was because it was so dirty...the mud stained the egg and I scrubbed on it pretty hard, so I didn't hold much hope that it would hatch out anyways. It was my first attempt at hatching out duck eggs, so I was still pretty pleased that 24 of the 25 hatched out.
     
  4. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I posed this question to a long time duck hatcher-- she said to go ahead and wash gently as the protective coating is thick on a duck egg. I didn't track it for hatch rate.
     

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