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how to clean fertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sunket77, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. sunket77

    sunket77 Songster

    May 21, 2009
    Texas Hill Country!
    hey everyone! I have some eggs I would like to put under one of my broodys... the problem is my nankin only laid a couple of eggs and they where on the ground so they got dirty. What would be the best way to clean them without damaging the cuticle?

  2. Luke0987654321

    Luke0987654321 Songster

    Aug 10, 2009
    dab them with cotton dipped in warm water,
    just an idea

  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    How dirty is dirty? IMO (and bear in mind that I am only on my second time right now hatching eggs in an incubator), if it's just a few traces of dirt I'd leave it alone. But filthy? I don't know. I think I might wait until the next eggs are laid.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2010
  4. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    I didn't clean mine at all.
  5. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    i don't clean mine
  6. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I run the dirty ones under the sink with as hot of water as I can stand an just rub them with my hand. The heat makes the egg expand an push the dirt off the shell... Do not use cold water. It would suck trash in to the egg.
  7. mgibbzzz

    mgibbzzz Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Somerset, OH
    I just wash the dirty ones under hot/warm water as well. If they aren't really dirty, then I don't mess with them.

  8. sloallie10

    sloallie10 Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    I heard that you are NOT suppose to clean them with water at all! It takes off a protective layer..?
  9. When a hen lays an egg it has a protective bloom. If you wash that egg it takes that protective bloom away and can allow bacteria to enter the egg easier than if it were just being incubated. So I say in my experience, if they are too dirty for me to just put under a broody, then wait and put dfferent ones. That is what I would do and would never wash em.
  10. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    Sep 4, 2009
    Would a hen wash her own eggs if they were dirty? I think not.

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